Hot water. You want it, and your water heater supplies it. Without hot water on-demand, it can be challenging to enjoy showering or get your clothes and dishes clean. Most residential water heaters are hidden away from view in a utility closet or laundry room. This allows water heaters to go unnoticed until they begin to malfunction.
The sudden breakdown of your water heater could inconvenience your whole family. It's important that you are able to recognize signals of distress being sent by your water heater so that you can invest in repairs before major malfunctions leave your home without hot water.
One of the most problematic signs of water heater trouble is pooling water near the appliance. A series of pipes and valves control the flow of water through your water heater. These pipes and valves can deteriorate over time.
Pooling water is a sign that your water heater has started to leak. If you don't contact a professional to replace the damaged parts or install a new water heater immediately, the leak could cause structural damage to your home.
Another distress signal sent by water heaters that are headed toward failure is frequent performance problems. If you find that you are having to replace the sacrificial anode rod in your water heater more often than usual or have the tank flushed more than you used to, these could be indications that your water heater needs to be replaced.
An older water heater can cost you quite a bit in repairs and lost efficiency. It's better to have a professional replace a water heater that keeps breaking down rather than invest in ongoing repairs.
Tepid Water Temperatures
You can use the water that comes from your tap when the hot water handle is engaged to evaluate the condition of your water heater. A water heater that is functioning properly will be able to produce enough hot water to accommodate daily use.
You shouldn't run out of hot water while showering or doing a load of dishes. If you find that the water temperature in your home doesn't get as hot as it used to, this is a distress signal that indicates your water heater is in need of repair.
Caring for your water heater means being able to determine when the appliance needs professional repair or replacement. Don't overlook the SOS signals being sent by your water heater. Call your local plumbing services today for more information and assistance.