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How Do I Know If I Need to Call a Plumber?
You probably don’t give much thought to your water heater. However, since you like having hot showers and baths, and enjoy the convenience of washing your clothes and dishes in hot water, you need to know about water heater installation, repair, and replacement. Here are the signs to look out of which mean that your unit might need repair or replacement.
Water heaters that are more than ten years old might need some attention. Some heaters can last up to 15 years, but that’s only if the homeowners have appropriately maintained them.
Not sure how old your unit is? First, look at the last four digits of the serial number. Those numbers typically indicate the month and year of manufacturing. If you’re still not sure, look up the serial number on the manufacturer’s website.
All water heaters will collect mineral deposits and sediment. As the water heater runs, you may hear popping or crackling. These noises mean that the heater is working too hard, and the sediment may be causing damage to the storage tank.
You should flush your tank yearly to prevent this type of buildup.
No Hot Water
Your water heater means the difference between hot and cold water. If your unit isn’t heating water, then something is wrong. If you have a gas unit, you may need to relight the pilot light or check the circuit breaker if it is electric. If you still don’t have hot water running through your water lines, the unit’s heating element may have worn out, you may have a faulty thermostat or sediment buildup.
You should check for leaks around the fittings, connections, and temperature pressure valve if you find water pooling around your unit. If none of those are leaking, then your unit might be cracked and require a water heater replacement.
Odors and Bad Taste
If your water smells or tastes metallic, the coating inside your tank might be flaking off. However, you may also have a metallic taste if you have new pipes in your home. Test your water anytime it smells or tastes wrong.
Alpine Plumbing Water Heater Repair, Replacement, and Installation
You need hot water in your home to do so many things from bathing your children to doing the dishes. Don’t let the water go cold on you or your family by calling the water heater experts at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter. We have years of experience dealing with all types of plumbing and water heater problems, including tankless water heaters. If you’re experiencing one of the problems described above, give us a call today!