Is your water heater not supplying your family with enough hot water or completely failing to produce hot water? Learn about the signs and symptoms of a faulty water heater so that you know whether it’s time to repair or replace your unit.
Water Heater Lifespans
Water heaters typically last between eight and twelve years before a replacement is needed. If your water heater is in that age range, it may very well need to be replaced. But if it’s not very old, a simple service call to EJ Plumbing may be all you need.
Typical Water Heater Problems
Water heaters are fairly simple devices. They store and heat water, which makes them fairly reliable. However, they can develop problems as they age, especially if you have acidic or hard water, which can damage heating elements and cause hot spots within the unit that damage the glass liner.
The Hot Water Goes In and Out
You may have hot water sometimes, but while it’s on, it will go cold for a moment or two before heating up again. Other times it may work for a minute or two, then never comes back. It’s possible that your water heater has a faulty heating element. There could also be a problem with the pilot light or the thermocouple, both of which are responsible for making sure that the water stays hot. These are all elements that can be repaired or replaced.
It’s also possible that your water heater’s thermostat is set too low You could also have too small of a water heater for you and your family’s needs. If your water heater is older than ten years, it’s time for you to call a plumber and get it replaced.
There are a few other issues that may cause this to happen. However, the majority of these issues require having a professional come in and diagnose to find the trouble area. So if you’re experiencing this issue frequently, it’s time to call a plumber.
The Hot Water Never Comes On
If you don’t have any hot water in your home at all, something is wrong with the water heater. While it may be something like a gas line and not the water heater itself, you will want to call a plumber to diagnose the problem. It could involve any of the components mentioned above, too.
The Water Heater is Leaking!
If the water heater is leaking, there are ways to patch it. However, a leaking water heater usually means that it is not going to last much longer. It may be in your best interest to consider the cost of possible repairs and future repairs versus simply buying a new water heater instead. Definitely call a plumber to give you the best solution.
Other signs that you may need a new water heater soon can include rust-colored water or the water having a strange smell to it. These are signs of rust or corrosion of the anode rod or water tank itself. This is definitely the time to schedule installing a new water heater in your home.