All plumbing problems are not created equal. For instance, an issue with a slow or clogged drain may be inconvenient but can generally be resolved without too much stress. Likewise, with a dripping shower head or a toilet that runs more than it should. However, there are some plumbing problems which should be resolved immediately to prevent potential bigtime water damage. At the top of the list is your water heater. We rely on this appliance to keep hot water coming when we need it for our showers, dishwashers and washing machines. Generally, water heater tanks hold anywhere from 30 to 70 gallons of water, so a leak or other problem can have serious consequences. If you suspect your water heater may be leaking or having other operational issues, don’t hesitate to call Masters Heating & Cooling. Our licensed plumbing professionals have provided water heater service and installation since 1980 and can diagnose your issue quickly. In the meantime, here are some signs your water heater may be failing:
- Leaks. No matter the size, this is never a good thing. Small leaks will only get bigger and any kind of leaking can cause serious water damage. Keep an eye out for leaks at the bottom of the tank and also where the water pipes hook up.
- No Hot Water. No hot water at all or water not getting as hot as it should could be the result of a few things. One, the pilot light could be out or power to the unit could be halted. Also, the heating element may be going out, a sign that your heater’s life expectancy is nearing the end. Make sure the thermostat is adjusted to where you want it; the hot water setting should be 120-140 degrees.
- Weird noises. Rumbling, popping or clunking noises emanating from your heater when it runs could signal a sediment buildup in the tank, which will eventually deteriorate it and lead to a leaking or burst tank.
- Rusty Water. If the hot water coming out of your faucet is rust-colored, your heater’s tank may be rusting and deteriorating.
- Increasing Repairs. If you find yourself scheduling more and more water heater repairs, it could be a signal to consider replacement.
WATER HEATER REPLACEMENT
Some of the issues we described above can be resolved with repairs or maintenance. Others, such as leaks, normally mean that your water heater is failing and needs to be replaced. This is especially true if your water heater is more than 10 years old. Our plumbers are the best in the Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood and Mishawaka, IN areas and we can quickly determine if your water heater needs replacing. If it does, we offer the top of the line heaters by A.O Smith and we also carry Rianna tankless models. Call today for a water heater inspection or for any other plumbing problems. Masters gets there faster!