5 Signs Your Hot Water Heater Needs Help
Although hot water heaters come in a varied selection of sizes and styles, they all have one thing in common. Eventually, every water heater is going to require maintenance. Most likely, they are all going to need a replacement as well. Here are five main signs that your water tank needs the help from our trusted Same Day Service technicians.
- A Consistent Lack of Hot Water
When you want to take a nice hot shower, there’s nothing as disappointing as not having heated water. Before you jump to the conclusion that your tank is broken, consider the circumstances.If you have a large family, it is possible that your tank simply can’t provide enough hot showers for everyone to enjoy, one after the other. Your solution would be to have a larger water tank installed. If you can’t get hot water no matter what time of the day or night it is, the tank probably needs to have the heating element or thermostat repaired.
- Odd Noises Coming from the Water Heater
If your hot water tank is making unusual noises, something is wrong. Modern water heaters are incredibly quiet, so any odd sounds typically meant that one or more of the tank’s parts aren’t working properly. If you hear crackling, creaking, hissing, or banging noises, call us for an inspection and evaluation of your system.
- Puddles of Water at the Base of the Heater
When you discover puddles of water collecting at the base of your water heater, you need to act quickly. Turn the tank off, disconnect the power, and call us to have a Same Day Service plumber out to your home. When the problem is a crack or hole in the tank itself, it cannot be fixed. If the leak is caused by a loose connection at the outlet or inlet, a plumber should be able to fix the problem.
- Discolored Water Coming from the Water Heater
If your water suddenly becomes darker, it is possible that the tank or one of its interior components has started to rust. When this happens, you’ll want to replace the tank with a new one.
- The Tank Won’t Release Sediment
Sediment collects in the bottom of water tanks over the course of a year. It’s important to drain this buildup at least once a year if you want the water heater to continue working properly.
Water heaters require annual maintenance to keep them in good working order. Even with regular maintenance, your water tank is likely to need repairs at some point in time. When this happens, you might also need to replace the tank.
Contact us as soon as your water heater starts acting up to minimize the risk of having to replace it.
5 Top Advantages of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater
If your hot water heater is getting old or you are thinking about purchasing a unit that is more energy efficient, you should consider switching to a tankless hot water heater. This type of unit is also perfect for vacation or second homes because you won’t waste energy heating water when it’s not being used.
Here are five of the top advantages of switching to a tankless water heater:
- Compact Size – They take up a lot less space than standard hot water heaters and can even be mounted on a wall, either inside or on the exterior of your home.
- Longer Lifespan – Tankless hot water heaters typically last around 20 years, while standard water heaters have an expected lifespan of 10-15 years.
- Unlimited Hot Water – You no longer have the problem of running out of hot waterwhile you’re in the middle of a shower; in fact, tankless water heaters can provide you with continuous hot water as long as they’re operating within their capacity.
- Lower Utility Bills – You can expect lower utility bills immediately and for years to come. That’s because instant hot water heaters operate more efficiently, only heating water when it’s needed, where with a standard unit, a tank of water is constantly being heated.
- Better for Environment – Besides using less energy, on-demand water heaters also waste less water because you don’t have to let water run as long to get hot water to faucets.
We are experts at installing tankless hot water heaters and sell a full line of Navien and Rheem tankless units. We also inspect, service and repair all makes and models of hot water heaters. Call us today if you’re interested in switching to a tankless water heater, or if you’d like to schedule a hot water heater inspection.