The water heater in your Arlington, TX home may technically be an appliance; however, it is an essential part of your home’s plumbing system. The water heater provides the hot water your family needs to shower, cook, clean, and do other daily household tasks.
A complete water heater breakdown can bring life in your home to a standstill. Without hot water, you won’t be able to perform daily tasks, which is very inconvenient.
If you can identify water heater issues early, you can prevent a complete breakdown. Catching issues early can prevent a minor issue from becoming a major problem that requires an expensive repair or a water heater replacement.
If the water heater in your home is experiencing any of the following issues, you should schedule a water heater repair appointment right away.
#1 Moisture and Leaks
Whether your water heater is in a closet or the basement of your home should always be dry. If there is moisture around the unit or water pooling, you should call a plumber specializing in emergency water heater repair.
Moisture on the walls or floor around the unit often signifies a disconnected or broken hose. Although this is a simple fix, ignoring the problem can result in water damage around the area and promote mold growth.
Water pooling around the unit is a much more serious issue. This likely means that your water heater is leaking. If you don’t schedule an appointment for emergency repair right away, the water will continue leaking until 50+ gallons of water floods your home.
A plumber can inspect your water heater to determine if a repair can solve the problem or if a replacement is the best solution.
#2 Unusual Noises
The water heater in your Arlington, TX home should be whisper quiet. If the unit is making unusual sounds, you should call a plumber for water heater repair. The sound the unit is making can help the plumber determine the cause.
A banging or clanging sound is caused when large pieces of sediment form in the tank and bang against the sides. If the unit isn’t checked by a professional, eventually, the sediment could crack the tank, and the water could flood your home.
A popping sound occurs when sediment and sludge build up in the bottom of the tank. When water gets trapped underneath the sediment, it will start to boil, causing the popping sound.
If you want your water heater to reach its maximum lifespan, you should schedule a water heater repair appointment when it starts making strange sounds.
#3 You Have No Hot Water
A lack of hot water is the most obvious sign you need to schedule an appointment for a repair. You don’t want to waste money on an unnecessary service call; therefore, you should check a few things first.
If you have an oil-fueled or propane water heater, make sure the pilot is lit, and there is oil or propane in the tank. If your unit runs on natural gas, make sure the pilot is lit and you paid your gas bill. You should also check with a neighbor to ensure there isn’t a widespread outage. If you have an electric water heater, make sure a circuit hasn’t tripped, and there is power going to the unit.
If everything checks out, you should call a professional in water heater repair. There could be an issue with the heating element, making it impossible for the water to heat up. If your water heater is over ten years old, it may have reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
#4 Discolored Hot Water
The water coming from the taps in your home should be clean and clear. If the hot water has a brown tint, it isn’t safe for your family to use, and you should schedule an appointment for emergency water heater repair.
Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When the sediment breaks apart, it can contaminate the water. Discolored water is also common if your water heater needs to be replaced. When the inside of the tank starts to break down, pieces of metal and minerals will contaminate the water.
A plumber can inspect the unit to determine whether they can remove the sediment or if a replacement is the best option.
#5 Poor Hot Water Pressure
Adequate water pressure is essential for daily tasks, such as washing your hair and rinsing a dish. In addition, your washing machine and dishwasher need sufficient water pressure to function at peak performance.
If the hot water pressure in your Arlington, TX home is suddenly reduced, there is likely sludge at the bottom of the tank. The sludge can clog the waterline, reducing the hot water pressure.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair can inspect the water line to determine if the sludge can be cleaned out or if the issue is serious and would require a water heater replacement.
Why Choose Tioga Contractors?
If you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, contact Tioga Contractors. We are a family-owned and operated full-service plumbing company serving customers in the area since 1953. We also provide electrical and glass service and are a one-stop-shop for many of your home’s needs.
Our plumbers are professionally trained and highly skilled. We want our customers to feel safe when our plumbers come into their homes; therefore, they must pass a background check and a drug test before they are hired. When you call for plumbing service, our plumbers will arrive at your home on time in a fully stocked truck. This allows them to make most plumbing repairs on the same day. Before our plumbers begin, they will quote an accurate price, preventing surprises when it is time to pay the bill.
If a plumbing issue begins when we aren’t in the office, don’t worry. We provide emergency service and are here for your 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other service we provide, give us a call today.
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