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Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

We’ve all dealt with a leaky toilet or faucet, but your water heater is a vital component of your house that has to be maintained. You don’t want it to malfunction when you’re trying to wash your child or get ready for coffee—those are the two worst conceivable times. A water heater’s need for repair or replacement might be overlooked, especially since they are so expensive and appear to be in good condition right now. But over time, if these issues aren’t fixed, they can get worse and cost more money. Here are several indicators that prompt quick action:

The water heater is making strange and loud noises


Making loud and odd noises is one indication that your water heater needs repair. You will notice it as soon as you turn it on with the water running. If your water heater starts generating weird or loud noises, do the following steps:

  • Check the temperature of the water heater. If it is too hot, then you may have a leaky tank or drain valve.
  • Check the pressure relief valve on your hot water heater. If it doesn’t work properly, then there could be an issue with your plumbing system or an obstruction in one of your pipes that’s blocking airflow into and out of your house (this can result in problems with appliances such as washing machines).
  • Check if there are any blockages in drains around sinks, toilets, showers, and baths; these could also cause problems with appliances such as washing machines which require access from inside drains at different points around our homes.

The water heater isn’t producing hot water


If your water heater is operating but the temperature is too high or too low, you should check the following:

  • Temperature management. Turn off the electricity at the breaker box or get an electrician to fix it if the pilot light is out or not functioning correctly. Select carefully so that it suits your budget and the design of your house because this may be pricey.
  • Verify the hot water supply’s main source. If hot water isn’t coming out of your faucet or if it takes a long time, your heating element may have failed once more. However, why not hire a plumber if it happens frequently enough?
  • Let a professional check it for you.

The water that flows from the faucet is discolored


Water can become tainted for a variety of causes. The most frequent reason is that your home’s pipes need to be changed since they are old and worn out. If this is the case, you might want to contact a licensed plumber for help upgrading your outdated pipes.

Water that is colored can also be caused by:

  • An obstructed drain pipe
  • Faucet or nozzle fittings with severe corrosion (this can cause an orange-brown tint)

Water leaking from the base of the water heater


If you’re experiencing a water leak from the base of your water heater, it’s likely that there is a crack in its tank. This can be caused by corrosion or if you haven’t drained the tank for some time. Always check from the base first, since it is the most common part of the water heater that always leaks.

Have you noticed a funky smell?


If you’ve noticed a smell in your home, it’s probably not just a coincidence. The reason behind this is that gas leaks are often the result of faulty equipment or poor installation work.

If you smell something unusual coming from your water heater, don’t light matches, and don’t use any electrical devices in the house—call a plumber to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Is the pilot light out?


If your water heater has a pilot light, it means the gas burner has been lit. The pilot light is the small flame that burns in the middle of your water heater. It’s lit by an electric spark or pilot. In some older models of furnaces and boilers, this spark ignites propane as well as natural gas or LPG (liquid petroleum gas).

If you have any of these problems, don’t hesitate to call in a plumber


If you have any of these problems, don’t hesitate to call in a plumber. A leaky water heater can cost you money and leave your home vulnerable to serious damage if it’s not repaired promptly. You should call a plumber when:

  • The temperature gauge doesn’t work.
  • There’s no hot water coming out when the faucet is turned on or when the tank has been refilled.
  • Call a plumber when you have already done the things you know and still the problem is not fixed. 
  • If you don’t know what to do, don’t do it yourself, or else it will just get worse.

The water you deserve


You’ve definitely attempted to repair your water heater yourself if you’re like most people. The issue with this is that it’s extremely risky and may result in serious injury or death. Never attempt to fix your own water heater; if you do, all future hopes of having hot water will be dashed. Call a qualified plumber instead so that they can identify the issue and solve it effectively before more harm is done. Be sure to act before it’s too late! It’s probably time for a new water heater if your old one is making unusual noises, leaking, or otherwise not functioning correctly. You may have a plumber come out and look at the issue for you. Once everything is finished and functioning properly once again, the power cost will decrease.

Always remember to ask for help from a professional if you are unsure of what you are going to do. Fixing with little knowledge might be harmful and will only make things worse. If you are having thoughts about calling a plumber because it will cost you money, you should think not to forget that fixing something little will save you a lot of money, time, and energy in the future.

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