You rely on every appliance in your home to make your life easier and more convenient. Although every appliance in your home is essential for making your life easier, some appliances are more essential than others, and your water heater is one of them. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, you won’t have clean, hot water for showering, cleaning, and other daily tasks. In addition, the appliances that need hot water, such as the washing machine or dishwasher, won’t function properly.
The best way to prevent a complete water heater breakdown is to recognize the signs you need water heater repair early. If you can detect the problem early, you can prevent a minor issue from becoming a major one that could require a water heater replacement.
#1 No Hot Water
If you aren’t getting any hot water in your home, it is a sure-fire sign that you need to schedule an appointment for a repair. Before you waste money on an unnecessary service call, there are a few things you should check. If your water heater uses gas or oil, make sure the pilot is lit. Also, make sure you have oil in your tank or that there isn’t a widespread gas outage and your bills have been paid. If your water heater runs on electricity, make sure the circuit hasn’t tripped, and there is power going to the water heater.
If everything checks out, call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. There is likely an issue with the heating elements that are responsible for keeping the water in the tank hot. There could also be a problem with the thermostat. When you schedule an appointment for a repair, the plumber will inspect the unit and make the necessary repair.
#2 Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough
If you turn on the hot water in your Irving, TX home on full-blast, and it won’t get any hotter than lukewarm, you may need to schedule an appointment for a repair. Before you make the call, check the water heater’s thermostat. It is recommended that you keep it set to 120 degrees. This is hot enough for daily tasks and for your appliances to function properly, and not too hot that your family will be scaled when using the hot water.
If the thermostat is set properly, you should schedule an appointment for a repair. There could be an issue with one of the heating elements, and the remaining heating element won’t have enough power to keep the water in the tank at 120 degrees. The issue could also be due to a broken thermostat.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair will be able to figure out why your water isn’t getting hot enough so they can make the necessary repair.
#3 Running Out Of Hot Water Quickly
There isn’t much that can ruin your day more than running out of hot water in the middle of a shower. If you find that this is frequently happening, there is a problem with your water heater.
The issue could be due to the size of the water heater in your home. If someone new has moved into your home, or if you recently installed a washing machine or dishwasher, your hot water demand will increase. If your water heater isn’t large enough to handle your hot water demand, you will continue running out of hot water. This issue would require you to replace your water heater with a larger one or a tankless water heater that provides hot water on-demand.
If your hot water demand hasn’t changed, you should schedule an appointment for a repair. When sediment builds up in the tank, there won’t be as much space for hot water storage, causing you to run out of hot water often. A plumber specializing in water heater repair can inspect the water heater to determine if the issue can be repaired or if it is best to have it replaced.
#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure
Poor water pressure can be frustrating. Without adequate water pressure, simple tasks can take longer than they should.
If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, you could have a leak in the waterline or the water main that should be repaired immediately. If just the hot water pressure is poor, you should schedule an appointment for a repair.
When sediment builds up in the water tank, it can clog the water lines, weakening the water pressure. A plumber specializing in water heater repair can inspect the water heater and clear the waterline if possible. If there is too much sediment build-up, a water heater replacement may be necessary.
#5 Banging Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
If the water heater in your Irving, TX home is functioning properly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a quiet humming. If you hear strange sounds, such as banging, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair immediately.
When large pieces of sediment build up in the tank, they can bang against the inside of the water tank. If the pieces of sediment are large enough to create a banging sound, they are large enough to crack your water tank, causing the water inside to flood your home. Because this can be severely damaging to your home, it is best to call a plumber specializing in water heaters immediately.
#6 Moisture Around the Water Tank
There should never be any moisture around your water tank. If there is, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair right away. The issue could be something simple like a broken or disconnected hose. This is an easy fix, but if you don’t have the issue repaired, the moisture can cause water damage and promote mold growth. It is best to get a plumber specializing in water heaters to your home as quickly as possible to make the necessary repair.
If there is water pooling around the water tank, there is likely a crack, and a water heater replacement will be necessary.
Why Choose Tioga Contractors?
If you have issues with the water heater in your Irving, TX home and need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, schedule an appointment with Tioga Contractors. We have been serving customers in the area since 1953, and water heaters are our specialty.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.
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