Are you having problems with your traditional or tankless water heater? Even if you have a Spartan disposition and enjoy taking a cold shower, your family members are probably not of the same opinion. So, pay attention if your water heater is trying to tell you that you may be in need of plumbing services.
Signs That You Need Traditional Water Heater Repair Services
- Rust-Colored Water: Rusty water coming out of your hot water faucet may be mirroring the rusting interior of your water tank, or the source could be rusting galvanized pipes.
- You Are Being “Entertained” with Strange Noises: Over time, a layer of sediment will accumulate on the bottom of the water tank and harden. By making odd sounds, the system is letting you know that it is not running efficiently. The tank should be drained so that the sediment can be cleaned out.
- You Notice a Leak: Leaks are an obvious sign of a problem, even though they may only be coming from tiny fissures in the tank. Be warned—if not attended to, larger leaks will result, and then you will have a flood in your water heater storage area. Sometimes the leaks are emanating from connections, fittings, or pipes connected to the water heater or are the result of a faulty valve, obstructed vent, or malfunctioning heating element.
- Your Water is Only Lukewarm or Worse, Cold: First, check the thermostat. If it’s set correctly, try flushing out any mineral buildup in the tank. If your tank has been cleaned recently, check the dip tube on the heater. If the dip tube is broken, it can prevent water from heating up properly. If you have no hot water at all, check the pilot light and relight it if it has gone out.
Signs That You Need Tankless Water Heater Repair Services
Dripping Water Inside the Heater:
Most leaks emanate from a loose valve or fitting rather than the heater itself.
Water is Not Hot Enough or the Temperature is Inconsistent:
Water heating systems that are heavily used may eventually cease working efficiently enough to supply adequately heated water for your shower and appliances. Try closing your heater’s hot and cold valves, then adjusting both until the water reaches the desired temperature. If the water is cold, check that the standby light is lit. If it is not, then you have an electricity problem. If you have hot water one moment but then the water turns cold the next, this also often denotes an electricity issue—your heater is switching off due to your system’s amp capacity.
Routine maintenance and inspections from a professional plumber are the way to go. A cold shower is merely an inconvenience, but a flood is a major problem. If you live in the Albuquerque area, call our plumbing services company today if you notice any signs of your water heater system beginning to fail. And bear in mind that it may be cheaper in the long run to replace an old system rather than spending money on repairs.