by The Nashville Plumber on March 21, 2014

Signs Your Water Heater Is In Need Of Repairs


Nashville PlumberLike most equipment, hot water heaters don’t just suddenly stop working. There are usually signs long before you find yourself standing under a cold shower, and knowing what these signs are can save you time and prevent bigger repair bills down the road. Here are some signs that your hot water heater is on it’s last legs.

Noise: Noises such as banging, hissing, and creaking are often signs that there’s a sediment build-up in your system. The noise is usually caused by rust, calcium, or lime deposits that accumulate inside the tank and burn off when the debris reaches the heating element. Having the water heater flushed out should solve the problem. However, if the noises continue after the system is flushed, it could be a sign that the heating element is burned out and needs to be replaced.

Temperature: The heating element may also be the culprit if you’re not getting any hot water at all. However, if the problem with the temperature is either inadequate heating or water that is too hot, a simple solution would be to adjust the thermostat. The recommended temperature for most water heaters is between 120 and 140 degrees, Fahrenheit.

Two factors that indicate a need for an immediate replacement are the age of the water heater and the amount of usage it gets. Most new water heaters come with a five – ten year warranty. A older unit that’s past the ten-year mark and sees a large amount of use should probably be replaced. Another sign that you need an immediate replacement is water leakage. Even if you notice a small amount of standing water on a regular basis, it’s a sign that the unit is about to go. Letting the problem linger will lead to flooding and possible water damage to floors, walls, and carpeting.

If your hot water heater is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s time to have it checked by a professional service provider. Sometimes a problem only requires a minor repair or the replacement of a part. Early detection can often solve the problem before it becomes a major expense.

Is the water heater in your Nashville home in need of maintenance? Call Green Hills Plumbing at (615) 866-1917 and get started today!

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