Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help you maintain your water heater and decide when it’s time for a new one.
People who live in the parts of the country that are seeing snowstorms right now are laughing at us here in Tampa Bay where we’re getting chilled from overnight temperatures in the 60s. But it really isn’t funny, especially if you jump into the shower in the morning expecting warm water only to discover cold water flowing from the tap.
That could mean you need to change the thermostat on your water heater or it might be an indication that you need a new water heater.
According to energystar.gov: “Sometimes water heaters can appear to be working fine and then fail without warning. Most times, though, there are early signs that your water heater may need help. Some of the more common red flags for possible water heater failure are:
“Visible corrosion – Corrosion is a sign that the water heater is breaking down. Whether the corrosion is around the water lines or on the unit itself, it is a sign of deterioration that can lead to weakening the system and contributing to the water heater failing.
“Water leaking – Leaks from any joints, seals, or seams of your hot water heater is usually an indication there is a problem (potentially caused by corrosion, as mentioned above). Hot water heaters are designed to be a ‘close’” system and any moisture outside of that system is an indication that something is breaking down. Water leaking can get worse and not only be damaging to the water heater itself, but potentially the area and things around it.
“Rust in your water – Rust in the water is usually a sign that the interior of the water heating system is corroding and breaking down.
“Lack of available hot water – Aging and poor maintenance can cause sediment to build up inside the tank in a way that reduces capacity. Chemicals and minerals in our water can contribute to the corrosion and breaking down of the inside of the tank. The sediment and particulates can then build up and reduce the available water to be heated and used by your home.
“Rumbling noises – Water heaters are designed to operate consistently, quietly, and reliably. If your water heater is making unusual noises, rumblings, or vibrations, it is likely straining to operate correctly. Very often rumbling can be attributed to a build-up of sediment on the bottom of the tank, which can lead to bigger problems. Any noises should be checked out.
“Ignoring these issues can lead to sudden failure of the water heater, cold water, and in some cases, tank rupture and water damage to the floor and carpets. The other downside to sudden failure is that you may have to schedule an emergency replacement with the plumber, which can be more expensive, and typically limit your replacement options to inefficient models with high operating costs.”
If you’re not sure whether you need a new water heater or which is best for you, then it’s time to talk with the water heater pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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