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Every appliance in your Albemarle, NC home, is important. Each appliance has its own purpose, and each appliance makes your life easier. While all of your appliances are essential, some are more important than others, such as your water heater. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, you won’t be able to handle many household tasks. Without hot water, you cannot shower, wash your dishes, do your laundry, and perform daily housekeeping jobs.
Because your water heater is so important, the last thing you want is a complete water heater breakdown. The best way to keep this from happening is to be able to recognize the signs that you need to call a professional in water heater repair. Some homeowners will try to handle their repairs on their own, which is a mistake. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience to diagnose the problem and make the repairs. If you make just one mistake, you could end up doing more harm than good. Also, if your water heater is under warranty, attempting a DIY fix will make the warranty null and void.
As soon as you notice any of the issues listed below, you should contact a professional in water heater repair.
#1 No Hot Water
The most obvious sign that your water heater needs to be repaired is if you aren’t getting any hot water. Before calling a professional in water heater repair, you should check the temperature on the thermostat. It is recommended that you keep the thermostat set to 120 to 140 degrees. If the thermostat isn’t set correctly, make the necessary changes.
If the thermostat is set properly and you still aren’t getting any hot water, it is time to call a professional in water heater repair. The problem could be something simple like a faulty thermostat. It could also be something more serious like a broken heating element. It would take the knowledge and experience of a professional to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.
#2 The Hot Water Runs Out Too Quickly
If you have been living in your home for quite some time, you know how many people can shower and how much hot water you can use before it runs out. If you find that you are running out of hot water faster than usual, you should first think about your home situation. If you have a new family member living in the home, you will require more hot water. If you are running out too quickly, you may want to consider installing a larger water heater or a tankless water heater that provides hot water on demand.
If there are no new family members in the home, you should call a professional in water heater repair. Most water heaters have a heating element on the top and the bottom. If one of the elements stops working, only half of the tank’s water will be hot, causing you to run out quickly. If this happens, you will need a professional to inspect the water heater and then fix the problem.
#3 Rusty Hot Water
When you turn on the water in your home, it should always come out clean and clear. If the water has a brown tint, it is rusty. If both the hot and cold water is coming out rusty, the inside of the pipes are likely corroded and need to be replaced. If just the hot water is rusty, the problem lies within the water heater. Over time, rust and sediment can build up inside the water tank, causing the hot water to come out rusty. It is dangerous to shower in hot water, drink it and cook with it; therefore, you should call a professional in water heater repair as soon as you notice that the water is discolored.
#4 Moisture Around the Water Heater
There should never be any water or moisture around the water tank. If you are like most Albemarle, NC homeowners, you keep your water heater tucked away. Many people have the water heater installed in the basement corner where it is out of sight. Others keep their water heaters tucked away in a closet. Because the water heater is out of sight, you should inspect the water heater regularly.
If you notice moisture around the heater, you should call a professional in water heater repair immediately. The issue could be something simple like a loose or cracked hose. The problem could be something more serious, like a leak in the tank. If you allow the problem to persist, you could end up with a mold issue in the home. If there is a leak in the tank, it can cause 100 gallons of water or more flooding your home, which would be a disaster.
#5 Strange Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
When your water heater is functioning properly, you should only hear a low-level hum. If you hear a rattling or clanging sound coming from your water heater, you should call a professional in water heater repair. Over time, sediment can build up inside the tank. When the water heats up, the sediment will move around, clanging against the inside of the tank. In some cases, the water in the tank can be drained, and the sediment can be removed. In more severe cases, the sediment cannot be removed, and the water heater would need to be replaced. It would take the knowledge and experience of a professional in water heater repair to determine if the water heater can be repaired or replaced.
If you are having any issues with your water heater, contact Pride Plumbing. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving residents in North Carolina since 1965.
At Pride Plumbing, we understand that water heater and plumbing emergencies can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. If you are having issues at night or during the weekend, we will send a highly trained professional to your home to make the necessary repairs. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.