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3 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

3 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

Your water heater, while you may not interact with it directly, is an appliance that your entire family uses every day. It is responsible for making water in your home warmer whenever you want it to be, from taking a shower to washing your dishes. The threat of losing your hot water is bad enough, but you also want to avoid the costly and hazardous structural damage caused by a leaky water heater. Below are the main signs of a water heater malfunction so you can get it addressed sooner rather than later.

3 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

Your water is cold.

If cold water is coming from your faucets and sinks all the time, it is because your water heater has little to no more heat left. Sedimentation is a common cause of this, and it is the accumulation of sediment at the base of the heater’s tank. Faulty heating elements also cause this. We use the hot water in our homes often enough that we usually notice when the temperature drops even a little. Unless someone in the home is using more hot water than normal and draining the tank, a temperature drop is a sign that something needs to be repaired.

You hear a weird noise in its vicinity

If your heater is making popping, clunking, or rumbling noises, this is a sign that the water in your heater is boiling or overheating. The noise is primarily coming from water that is trapped under the sediment, similar to how boiled water in a pot will push up a lid that tried to keep it contained. With this in mind, it is possible for your heater to burst as a result of overheating. Again, contact a repair service right away.

There is a puddle or wet material in the water heater’s vicinity

If you notice warer near or underneath your water heater, find out where this water is coming from, fast. This could be caused by one of multiple different things from a leaky gasket to a leaky pipe to a loose fitting. Make sure that your connections are all secure and tight, with no holes or leaks anywhere. If you see a hole or notice something you cannot fix right away, shut off the water and have a repairman solve this problem.

It is also possible for the temperature pressure valve to leak water. If you see puddles forming around this valve, examine it to make sure that it is closing properly. In some cases, this valve will turn out to be defective, and will have to be replaced. A faulty temperature pressure valve needs to be replaced as soon as possible, as it can lead to very serious consequences such an explosion from your heater’s tank.

If you see rusty looking water near the base of your water heater, the base is leaking and rusting out. This is a sign to get a new heater when this happens.

After a leak, seek water extraction services to ensure the area is free of water damage and the opportunity for mold growth.

Regular Examinations

Be sure that you are following a scheduled examination of your water heater from qualified professionals, as it is the most effective way to identify, solve, and prevent these problems in the future. It is also necessary to drain your heater at least once a year to fully clean it of sediment.

 

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Avoid Water Damage: Prevention Can Save Money

It should go without saying that paying a little to prevent water damage is going to be significantly cheaper than have to pay for repairs. And because water damage, whether it occurs inside or out, is the number one contributor to weakened home stability and foundation damage—the core which holds our very homes together.

Just like the human body, core strength is imperative for overall health. The same can be said for your home. Without a solid foundation, structural damage due to water damage invites termites, carpenter ants, and mold/mildew; all of which encroach on the safety of your home’s core.

Let’s talk about five things you can do to prevent water damage and save money in the long run.

Dishwasher & Washing Machines

How many of you go to bed at night leaving the dishwasher running while you’re asleep, or turn on a washing machine before you head to the store? All it takes is a few moments for your house to become flooded by a broken pipe, and the amount of money you’ll have to pay for a few minutes of saved time could be devastating to your bank account.

Water Alarms

It may sound silly; another alarm in the house. But if you have older appliances or have had issues in the past, a water alarm wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Most homeowners will find that installing a water alarm is a lot more simply than it sounds. These water alarms are just like fire alarms, in that they quickly alert you if an appliance isn’t working correctly when it involves water.

Replace Water Heaters

The lifeblood of all the warm water in our house, they have their own lifespan. As a matter of fact, most water heaters only last 10-12 years, and old water heaters can burst, flooding near rooms with water. Not only will replacing them save you money and headaches, today’s systems are more energy efficient and will save you even more money over the years.

Stainless-steel Hoses

Just like replacing old water heaters, replacing rubber or plastic hoses for your water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine with stainless-steel braided or mesh hoses can save you heartache later. Rubber or plastic hoses can kink, crack, or bulge over time, resulting in localized water damage.

Swamp Coolers

If you still run a swamp cooler, most of which are attic-based air conditioners, you run the risk of damaging everything below the cooler—which is all of your items within the home. You should check these yearly to make sure there’s no wear-and-tear on any parts of the cooler before it’s run, particularly if it’s a partial or fully outside unit.