Water heaters are essential to the smooth functioning of any household or commercial establishment. From taking hot showers and laundry loads to washing the dishes and dishes by hand, hot water plays an integral role in our everyday lives. However, like any appliance, they may develop issues over time, leading to less-than-ideal performance or complete breakdown and the need for a professional plumber from High Speed Plumbing. Therefore we must recognize when repairs may be required to address problems before they escalate and cause more hassle or damage.
One of the telltale signs that your water heater needs repair is an unexpected decrease in hot water availability. If your showers turn cold quicker than usual or it takes longer for it to heat up, this could be an indicator that its operation has become subpar due to any number of causes, such as an underperforming heating element, sediment build-up in its tank or even an unresponsive thermostat.
Unusual noises from your water heater may be an early warning of something being wrong. Popping, banging, or rumbling sounds that emanate from its tank are possible indicators of sediment accumulation at its bottom layer; over time, this causes strain on the heater which in turn makes noise and reduces efficiency, potentially leading to decreased efficiency or damage of your tank itself. Ignoring such warning signs could reduce efficiency or worsen existing damage.
Water pooling around the base of your water heater or signs of moisture on its tank or pipes should always be addressed. Leaks may occur due to loose connections, an improper pressure relief valve setup, internal tank corrosion, or loose connections - and can waste water, incur higher utility bills, and cause structural damage if left unresolved.
If your hot tap produces discolored or discolored water, this could indicate corrosion within your water heater tank, leading to leaks and other potential issues. Furthermore, foul-smelling hot water could indicate bacteria growth within its confines. Both situations should be attended to quickly to minimize further damage and ensure safe drinking water is delivered for consumption.
Uneven water temperatures can be infuriating. If you experience sudden shifts in the temperature of your hot water supply - such as it suddenly becoming either scorching hot or lukewarm - this could indicate an issue with the thermostat or heating element, which requires a professional inspection to diagnose. Once restored, consistent temperatures should return.
Water heaters have limited lifespans; most conventional tank-style water heaters typically last 8-12 years, while tankless models tend to live 15-20 years. If your unit is nearing or exceeding this point in its lifespan, regular inspections should be scheduled to catch any potential issues early.
If your energy costs have suddenly skyrocketed without any apparent cause, this could be a telltale sign that something is amiss with your water heater. Inefficient heaters consume more power to get the water hot enough; should this occur, an inspection should be scheduled immediately to identify potential issues.
High Speed Plumbing's team of plumbers specializes in water heater repair and tankless water heater installation services. Our expert plumbers know just how to resolve water heater issues quickly and efficiently so your hot water needs can be met efficiently and effectively. Whether your hot water needs include insufficient hot water, leaks, strange noises, or any other warning signs, their experienced technicians offer timely and dependable solutions - trust High Speed Plumbing today for all your water heater repair and installation needs.