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Each of the appliances in your home is essential in its own way. One of the most important appliances in your home is your water heater. If it isn’t working properly, the appliances that rely on hot water won’t function properly either. Also, without a properly functioning water heater, you cannot perform daily tasks such as showering and household chores.
It is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need to call for water repair early before a minor problem becomes a major one.
#1 No Hot Water
The most obvious sign that you need to call a professional in water heater repair is if there is no hot water coming from the faucets. If the heating elements aren’t functioning properly, the water won’t get hot. The issue could also be due to a broken thermostat or faulty wiring. It is essential that you call a professional in water heaters so that you will have hot water again.
#2 The Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough
An obvious sign that you need to call a professional in water heater repair is if the water isn’t getting hot enough. Before you call for a repair, you should first check the setting on the thermostat. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the best temperature setting is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If your water heater is set much lower than that, turn it up, and your water should be hot again.
If the thermostat is set correctly, you will need to call a professional in water heater repair. The problem is likely due to a broken heating element. If just one heating element is working, the water in the tank won’t reach the desired temperature.
#3 You Are Running Out Of Water Frequently
If you find that you are running out of water faster than you normally do, you should first think about your hot water usage. If you have a new family member living in the home, you will use more hot water. The same is true if you recently purchased an appliance that requires hot water, such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. If this is the case, you might need to consider installing a larger water heater. If not, you should call a professional in water heater repair. If one of the heating elements isn’t functioning properly, only half of the water in the tank will stay heated, causing you to run out faster. If there is sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank, you will lose, resulting in less water in the tank to stay heated.
#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure
If the hot and cold water pressure in your Arlington, TX home is poor, there is likely a leak in the water line or the water main. If just the hot water pressure is poor, the problem likely lies within the water heater. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank that can clog the waterline. When this happens, the hot water pressure will be poor. You will need to call a professional in water heater repair to have the problem repaired, or if necessary, install a new water heater.
#5 Rusty Hot Water
If you turn on the faucet and the water comes out rusty, it is a cause for concern. It can be dangerous to drink rusty water, bathe in it and cook with it. If the hot and cold water is rusty, it is a sign that the inside of your pipes have corroded, which is a serious issue. If just the hot water is coming out rusty, the problem lies within your water heater. Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When it becomes loose, it will come out in the water. This is a serious issue because you cannot use the hot water until the problem is fixed; therefore, you should call a water heater repair professional immediately.
#6 Strange Sounds
If the water heater in your home is functioning properly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a low-level humming. If you hear anything other than that, you should call a professional in water heater repair. The strange sound could be due to sediment that has built up inside the tank. When the water heats up and the sediment moves around inside, it can cause a banging or clanking sound inside the tank. If the problem is ignored, large pieces of sediment can put a crack in the water tank, causing a major flood. It is essential that you call a professional as soon as you hear the strange sound.
#7 Moisture or Pooling Water Around the Water Tank
There should never be any moisture or water pooling around the water tank in your Arlington, TX home. If there is moisture around the water heater, you could have a hose that has become loose, cracked, or disconnected. If there is water pooling around the water tank, there could be a leak in the tank itself, resulting in a major flood.
If you are like most people, you keep your water tank tucked away in the corner of the basement or a closet. It is a good idea to inspect the water heater regularly to ensure that the area around the water heater is dry.
Water heater repairs should never be a DIY project. If you attempt to fix your water heater yourself, you could end up doing more harm than good. Also, if your water heater is under warranty, making a DIY repair will void the warranty. If you are having issues with your water heater, it is best to contact the professionals at Tioga Plumbing, Electric & Glass. We are a family-owned, full-service plumbing company that has been serving residential and business customers since 1953.
We understand that plumbing issues can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service.
Our plumbers are professional and highly-skilled and can handle any plumbing issue you have, no matter how big or small.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.