The water heater is a wonderful invention that we cannot do without when something goes wrong. There are a few warning signs to look for before the inevitable happens. They do not last forever. The first sign of trouble is the gradual decrease in the water temperature over time during your showers, even though you are turning the valve to the same position everyday. This sign is noticed during the most important shower of the day, the morning shower. Most of us like this one hot. When a brand new water heater is first installed in your home; the first action done by plumber is to set the temperature setting on the water heater to a comfortable temperature. In the beginning the water temperature is fine, then roughly five to ten years later you begin to notice your water is not as hot as it use to be. You start compensating for the change in temperature by turning the valve increasingly to the hot side without realizing what is happening to your water heater. That is a sign of sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank. This makes it harder for the burner to transfer heat through the bottom tank to heat the water. If your water heater has an internal heating element that means it is slowly degrading and loosing its heating efficiency.
Another sign that your hot water heater needs maintenance is when you begin to see water where it should not be, like around pipe connections or on the floor under the tank. If there is a leak near pipe connections at the tank this is most likely caused by corrosion. Small leaks also means there is a small crack in lining of the tank. If you do not take care of these leaks in the early stages, these leaks will ultimately becomes a flood in your home and cause more serious damages, especially, if you are away when the leak become larger.
When you do noticed these signs of trouble with your water heater, it is important to call a professional to take care of these problems. Is the water heater in your Oklahoma City home in need of repairs? Call Hull Plumbing at (405) 246-9763 and schedule a service call today!