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How Do I Know If I Need to Call a Plumber?
Most people don’t give much thought to their water heater until it fails. However, since you enjoy hot showers and baths, and like the convenience of washing your clothes and dishes in warm water, it’s important to know about a little something about water your water heater’s function, installation, repair, and replacement.
Here are the most common signs to look out for that can indicate your unit is in need of repair or replacement.
Water heaters that are more than ten years old usually require some attention. Some heaters can last up to 15 years, but that’s only if they’ve been appropriately and regularly maintained.
If you’re not sure how old your water heater is, simply look at the last four digits of the serial number. Those numbers will generally indicate the month and year of manufacturing. You can use this as a general guide to assume it was installed within a year of its original date of manufacture. If you’re still not sure, you can always look up the serial number on the manufacturer’s website. Alternatively, give them a call – you’ll often find a phone number somewhere on the unit.
All water heaters – without exception – will collect some amount of mineral deposits and sediment after prolonged use. As the water heater runs, you may hear a popping or crackling noise. This indicates the unit is working too hard which is usually due to the sediment causing damage to the storage tank.
To avoid this damage and help prevent excess buildup, it’s smart to flush your tank yearly. It can drastically increase the lifespan of the unit and it’s an effective way to prevent premature failure.
No Hot Water
It’s no mystery that your water heater means the difference between hot and cold water. If you don’t have hot water, then there’s no doubt that something is wrong.
If you have a gas unit and you’re not getting hot water, the fix could be as simple as relighting the pilot light. If your unit is electric, you might get lucky by checking your circuit breaker to see if it’s been tripped or has a blown fuse. If neither of these is the problem it means that a component of the system itself has failed. Sometimes the heating element may have worn out, or you may have a faulty thermostat. Other more serious problems are also a possibility at this point and the system should be diagnosed by a professional plumbing service.
You should always make a routine check for small leaks around the fittings, connections, and temperature pressure valve of your water heater. If you find water pooling around your unit, you definitely have a leak. Mineral buildup around fittings of the heater are also a clear sign that it’s been leaking at some point. If you don’t see any of these signs, but are still seeing water, it’s possible that the tank itself is be cracked an you’ll need a complete water heater replacement.
Odors and Bad Taste
If your water smells or tastes metallic, it’s possible that the coating inside your tank might be flaking off. However, that’s not the only reason for a metallic taste in your water – it can also occur if you have new pipes in your home or hard water. If your water ever smells or tastes wrong, it’s important to refrain from drinking it and have it tested immediately.
Alpine Plumbing Water Heater Repair, Replacement, and Installation
How water is a modern necessity that our daily lives depend upon. Don’t let the water go cold on you or your family – call the water heater experts at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter. We have years of experience dealing with all types of water heater problems, including tankless water heaters and new installations.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described above, give us a call today and we’ll have a professional technician dispatched to your location who can identify and address the problem right away.