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Day: February 27, 2017

When Is it Time for a Water Heater Repair?

When Is it Time for a Water Heater Repair?

Plumbing issues are a regular part of our lives, but although most homeowners have experienced them multiple times, it seems like they will never get used to it. It is rather easy to deal with a leaking faucet or poor water pressure on your own if you have a bit of experience in plumbing repairs. However, when it comes to water heater issues or any plumbing repairs in Maryland, professional assistance is strongly recommended and required.

There isn’t anything worse than suddenly be surprised by a blast of ice cold water while taking a hot and soothing shower. This is usually the first and most obvious indication something is wrong with your water heater.  Water heaters are not only very difficult to repair, but also very dangerous, so you must call a plumbing expert to come to your aid. Only an experienced plumber will be able to handle the problem safely and efficiently.

Identifying Water Heater Issues Signs

Most water heater issues are rather easy to notice.  Moisture around the base of the tank, condensation dripping from the tank, dripping water, puddles or discolored water are signs something is wrong with your water heater. Also, hearing strange noises coming from the tank can indicate a certain problem. Although most of these signs are easy to observe, homeowners always notice the increased electricity bills first.

picture of hot water heater leaking in Rockville MD

In 80% of the cases, water heater problems are caused by leaks. Leaks can be so severe, that all the hot water runs off very quickly. Another common cause of water heater problems is a mineral deposit. This deposit will gradually reduce the efficiency of your heater, as well as the supply of hot water. Strange noises we mentioned before actually come from sediment that is heating and exploding in bursts. If you think sediment is the issue, you should drain the water tank to flush out the sediment and clean it.

On the other hand, if you notice the water heater is leaking, you mustn’t do anything on our own. If you noticed puddles of water on the floor, ensure your safety by taking a few steps back and shut off the power to your heater. Turn off the water to prevent further leaking. Electric heaters can be very dangerous, so make sure you are wearing work gloves. You also must be completely dry. Move items away from your heater and call a plumber to handle the situation. Only a plumbing expert will know how to safely approach the problem and solve it. In most cases, if the tank is leaking, you must replace it.

Unfortunately, water heater issues can’t be prevented. As the heater ages, it will become more prone to damage and failures. All you can do is to regularly check for drips and leaks and address any detected problems in time. Keep in mind that most water heater repairs can be rather costly. If you decide to contact a plumbing expert when the problem is still manageable, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on extensive, complex repairs or replacements. This is important, not only in order to save money, but also to avoid getting injured from a water heater malfunction.