4 Signs that a Water Heater Repair is Necessary

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Why replace your water heater when you can schedule a water heater repair? It is going to be much cheaper than replacing the entire unit. Plus, repair jobs typically only require us replacing specific parts. In most cases, the bulk of the water heater is perfectly fine and will operate properly after a few repairs.

An additional benefit of repairing the water heater is a reduction in waste by preventing the disposal of an appliance that is salvageable. 

Reasons water heater repairs are necessary

Some of the reasons people regularly call us for a repair are:

#1. The water heater is too old

Water heaters do not last forever. There is a chance that the unit is simply too old and no longer up to the task of keeping showers nice and hot. If that is the case, it may be time for a new one. Check the label on the water heater to see how old it is.

After the first letter, there will be two numbers that represent the year. If it is over a decade, it may not be worth repairing. By having us complete an inspection, we can determine if it is better to repair or replace.

#2. Banging noises

Hearing strange banging noises coming from the water heater is unsettling. It can cause concern, even though it is normally not dangerous. The noise is typically the result of a sediment that builds up on the bottom of the tank. It can harden after being continually reheated and once it does, the unit may begin to make strange sounds. While this is not a big enough reason to replace the tank, it could lead to future damage and is certain to make heating water more expensive. 

#3. Red or rusty water

No one wants to see rust-colored water coming out of the pipes. This can be cause for concern and even stain clothing in the wash or discolor a persons' hair. To avoid this issue, it may be necessary to repair or replace the water heater. Typically, this is a sign that the inside of the unit is beginning to rust. 

#4. The water is no longer hot

This is the main reason that people call us but it does not mean that the unit needs replacing. Instead, it may need a simple repair to ensure that it heats water properly and showers can remain nice and warm. 

We are the experts

Instead of calling a general handyman to complete this repair, call us. We deal with water heaters on a regular basis know how to quickly identify what the problem is and how to fix it without delay. This is important because most handymen charge hourly. If they're not experienced with this type of repair it means that you are going to pay more money for the job. Plus, not knowing how to complete the repair correctly can actually lead to further damage and even a small water leak can be dangerous for home.

We can come out right away

If you need a water heater repair give us a call. We can come out right away and get the job done so that you can enjoy a hot shower the next day.