30 Apr Water Heater Repair Tips: 4 Signs It’s Time for a Tune-up
When it comes to your daily routine, your water heater is your best friend. You use it for your everyday activities including washing dishes, and bathing, among other things. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever and, unfortunately, some homeowners aren’t adequately prepared for a situation that requires water heater repair.
The good news is that most water heaters show distinct signs of breaking down before completely giving out. This means you can prepare for the inevitable by looking out for these signs that tell you it’s time for a heater tune-up:
1. Rusty Water
Do you see any rusty water coming from the heater? If the leak is only coming out of the piping on the ‘hot’ side, this may be a sign that your water heater is already rusting away inside. It may eventually lead to a bigger leak if the problem is not fixed.
Meanwhile, heaters with galvanized piping that release water may have a problem with rusty pipes. Try and drain some five-gallon buckets of hot water out of the heater. If the water is still rusty by the time you’re draining the third bucket, the issue might be in the piping rather than the heater.
Moisture around the water heater is not a good sign. It may be an indicator of a fracture or leak in the heating tank. This happens because the metal expands as it heats up, and water can then leak out of the inner tank through even the smallest fracture. The leaking will only stop once the metal has cooled.
Given that, before you replace the water heater, check to see if there aren’t any other leaks coming from the fittings or connections to the tank. The temperature overflow pipe shouldn’t be leaking as well. Any problem with those components means it’s time for a tune-up.
3. Strange Sounds
As your water heater gets older, sediment will start building up on the bottom of the tank, and hardens each time it gets heated – which is sure to happen continuously. As the sediment hardens, banging or rumbling sounds may start to come from the heater as it heats up. This is often a sign that the heater is nearing the end of its usefulness, or else there’s a more serious problem.
The bottom line: when you hear strange noises from your heater, you might need to schedule a water heater repair or tune-up service.
3. Old Age
It’s important to know how old your heating unit is. You can find its age by simply looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker, which can often be found on the upper part of the heater. The serial number indicates the date that your heater was manufactured.
In general, water heaters that are over a decade old should be replaced. On the other hand, if you own an old water heater and it’s that’s placed in a safe area, you can wait until it shows signs of breaking down before you schedule a tune-up – although experts don’t usually recommend this.
To be on the safe side, call professionals for a water heater repair or tune-up service if your unit starts malfunctioning or shows signs of breaking down due to old age.