Tell-tale Signs You Need Water Heater Repair
Your water heater may have a long lifespan, but it won’t last forever. Knowing this, it’s important that you are aware of the signs that your water heater will emit when it’s starting to fail. If you are aware of these signs, you can contact a water heater repair professional or purchase a new water heater before it becomes an emergency situation. It’s a smart move that you have a professional inspect your water heater before making a decision, so you know whether to repair or replace it. Below are some of the tell-tale signs you need water heater repair or replacement.
Presence of Moisture
Moisture in the form of water is needed in your home; you need it to wash your hands, take a shower or do the dishes, amongst other things. However, having moisture where none should be is a definite problem. If your water heater is failing, it may have small fractures and cracks in the tank, and when the metal expands due to heat, leaks can occur. Another reason why your water heater may be leaking is that it has a loose fitting or connection. A water heater repair professional will be able to pinpoint the culprit. If the problem is not loose connections or fittings, then you need to replace your cracked water heater tank to stop the leaks. If you don’t replace your water heater, mold growth and poor indoor air quality are a strong possibility.
It’s useful that you know off the top of your head your water heaters approximate age. When you are aware of how old it is, you know when your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan and arrange to have it replaced. Your water heater will have a manufacturer’s sticker with a serial number that lets you know the timeframe during which it was manufactured. Older water heaters are more prone to break down more frequently and need more repairs.
Rust in Your Water
If you start to see your water coming out rusty, it’s a sure-fire sign that your water heater may be on its last legs. Rust in your water means that your water heater itself is rusting, often leading to leaks. Look for a replacement as soon as you can at the first sign of rust in your water. Sometimes it’s possible that your water heater just needs to be flushed out instead of being completely replaced, so contact your water heater repair professional to get an accurate assessment
Constant Disruptive Sounds
No matter what is causing the sound, when your water heater is being noisy, then it’s due for an inspection and water heater repair service. A knocking or rattling sound in a water heater usually means there is a sediment buildup in the tank. This residue interferes with the heating elements in your water tank, and can also overheat the tank. Notify your water heater repair professional if you hear any sounds, the issue may be resolved by flushing out the tank.
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