Reasons To Have Your Water Heater Checked Out

Reasons To Have Your Water Heater Checked Out

4 Signs You Might Need A Water Heater Repair

Take a second to think about what your life would be like without warm or hot water. Really think about it — it’s difficult enough to get through the day if there isn’t adequate hot water for a shower, right? Well, what if you weren’t able to wash dishes or do laundry either? Your life would be in shambles rather quickly, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Keep an eye out for these common water heater problems so you can tackle them before they become serious issues or have them repaired before things really go south.

1 - You Hear Strange Noises

Popping is one sound that could mean you have sediment buildup in the water heater tank. Luckily, flushing the tank is likely all you need in order to solve this problem and make the sound go away. However, you may also hear banging, knocking, squealing or screeching noises which could indicate there are problems with major components.

Don’t ignore uncommon water heater noises — it’s best to have a professional locate and diagnose where these sounds are coming from so you don’t run the risk of losing your entire system.

2 - Water Isn’t Getting Hot

Seem to only get lukewarm water out of the faucet even when you have the hot water handle turned all the way on? This could mean you have a broken dip tube on your hands which is allowing cold water to mix in with the warm whenever hot water is in demand.

This could also be a sign that the heating element has gone bad or that the pilot light has gone out and needs to be reset. Either way, you’ll want to get your system checked out if you’re not receiving hot water even after running it for a few seconds.

3 - Rust-Colored Water

Water should be relatively clear when it comes out of the faucet, right? Well, if you notice it’s looking a bit rusty, or any other color for that matter, it should be a cause for concern. Rust colored water could be a sign that the anode rod is broken and needs to be replaced.

The anode rod is a component of the system that is designed to attract corrosive elements in the water so that they don’t wreak havoc on your plumbing system, or end up being ingested by you and your family.

4 - Water Is Pooling Around The Tank

It’s never a good sign when water seems to be leaking anywhere in your home and the same holds true if you notice water pooling around the water heater tank. More often than not, it just means that a valve needs to be tightened or replaced (which is usually a simple fix). However, it could mean the tank is corroded in which case it would need to be replaced and unfortunately, this is a more complex problem.

Repair Or Replacement?

Our customers often ask whether repair or replacement is the best option with their water heater. This depends on several factors, such as the age of the unit, the source of the problem, and whether this is the first time the hot water heater has stopped working. When replacement is the best option, our Walla Walla water heater replacement experts provide high-quality water heaters from industry-leading brands.

The average lifespan of a water heater is 10 to 15 years, so if your heater is on the older side, replacing it may be a better option. In addition, if the water heater has been repaired more than once in the past and is now not working again, this may be a sign that you have invested enough in repair and the unit is reaching the end of its expected lifespan. We are happy to inspect your unit and recommend repair or replacement.

Water Heater Repair & Installation in Walla Walla

Are you having a problem with your hot water heater? Call Total Comfort Solutions for water heater installation and repair across Walla Walla Valley. We provide reliable plumbing services that go above and beyond and our professional technicians offer a full range of services with a Peace of Mind Guarantee. When you need help now, 24-hour emergency plumbing service is also available.


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