A water heater is one of the most important, and expensive, items in your home. It is not often that they need replacing but maintenance is often required to keep them functioning properly and to avoid having to replace a water heater before its time to do so. Being aware of the signs that your water heater is in need of repair can help a homeowner save money and keep their water heater running perfectly.
The first sign to be aware of is rusty or cloudy water. If the water coming out of the tap suddenly seems to be tinged with rust, or when it pools in the sink it has a rusty, cloudy look to it, take note. If it only happens when the hot water is turned on, then very likely there is some sediment sitting at the bottom of the tank. This usually accumulates after years of use and can be easily cleaned out by a professional.
The next sign to be aware of is the water doesn’t get as hot as it once did. If your water always took a bit of time to get warm this sign may be harder to catch. It will normally get worse over time, however, so it will become more noticeable. This is a sign that either the top or bottom, or even both, elements need repair. If the water is not getting as hot as it used to, the top element may need repair or replacement. If the water gets hot quickly but doesn’t stay that way, then most likely the bottom element is involved. A professional can help diagnose and repair either or both elements as needed.
The last sign is a leaking tank. This is the most obvious sign and most homeowners would recognize it as a call for maintenance. If your water heater tank is leaking it will need to be turned off completely and drained before being repaired by a professional.
Maintaining and repairing your water heater is one of the smartest investments a homeowner can make. By noticing little signs and acting upon them, you can ensure the longevity of your water heater, saving time, money, and effort, not to mention enjoying clean, hot water whenever you want it.
Is the water heater in your Oklahoma City home in need of maintenance? Call Hull Plumbing at (405) 246-9763 and get started today!