by The Nashville Plumber on November 8, 2013

Ways to tell that your water heater may need maintenance


The water heater in your home is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It warms the water for your showers, your washing machine and even warms the water for your dishwasher. If your water heater fails, then you will lose the benefits of all those things. However, knowing the signs that your water heater needs maintenance may save you all that trouble. Here are some of the more common signs that a water heater needs maintenance.

Discolored water: If the water in your home has an unusual color to it, for example a rusty color to it, then something is wrong. The problem is most likely that there is sediment built up inside your water heater tank. This can usually be cleaned out by a professional and should fix the problem. If there is too much sediment, then the unit may be replaced. But this is not typically the case. 

Leaking water: If your water heater is leaking water, then there is definitely something wrong. One cause could be that the pipes in your water heater can wear out over time. When this happens, it can lead to water leaking out of the pipes and onto your floor. It is best not to assume what the cause could be. Instead, you should contact a professional to come look at your water heater and determine what the problem is. 

No hot water: One of the more obvious signs that there is something wrong with your water heater is if there is not any hot water. If this is indeed the case, then there could by an issue with the heating element in your water heater. Also, if your water heater uses natural gas, then there might be an issue with the pilot light. Whatever the case may be, you should call a professional immediately to diagnose and fix the problem. 

Is the water heater in your Nashville home in need of repairs? Call Green Hills Plumbing at (615) 866-1917 and schedule a service call today!

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