You probably take your water heater for granted – like when you take a hot shower, or wash dishes. The water heater in your home is often the most neglected appliance when it comes to maintenance, because we don’t think about it until it stops working. If maintained, your water heater should last for years without any major problems.
Below are a number of indicators that might signify you have an issue with your water heater. Keep in mind regular maintenance will catch most of these issues before they become a problem or major repair.
Lack of hot water
If you are suddenly without or getting very little hot water, this may be due to the pilot light being out on your water heater. This may not be a problem now with our hot summer weather, but as the temperatures begin to cool down, take note of whether you are still receiving hot water
Rust in your water
If you notice your water is looking rusty, your water heater may be rusting from the inside out. This is a serious issue that can result in a leak, causing damage to your home.
Noticeable water around the water heater
If you see signs of water around or near your water heater tank, chances are you already have a leak. Even minor leaks can cause damage to your home. Contact a professional technician immediately!
If you hear knocking or rumbling noises coming from your water tank, you probably have residue build-up. This build-up comes from mineral residue that accumulates in the tank. It makes your system less efficient because it takes more energy to heat your water. The mineral residue will also reduce the volume of water that the tank is able to hold. And, it can cause damage to your system, leading to cracks and leaks in the tank. An annual flush and fill of your water heater will remove this residue, increasing the efficiency and longevity of your system.
Regular maintenance on your water heater can ensure the reliability and consistency of your hot water, as well as make sure there aren’t any hidden problems waiting to become major repairs. As part of your maintenance, a flush and fill will ensure that you have the maximum volume of heatable water in your tank by removing any excessive mineral residue build-up. And by removing this residue you will help increase the efficiencies and longevity of your system.
Parker & Sons can help with all of your water heater needs, from maintenance, to repair to replacement. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment!