The water heater in your Orlando, Florida, home can last ten years or more without major problems. However, lack of maintenance or faulty installation can lead to issues early in the unit’s life. If you have no hot water or your hot water supply is fluctuating, there could be a problem with your water heater. It may have a worn-out heating element, a bad thermostat, or sediment buildup. If your unit is 10 years old or more and problems develop, you’ll probably need a new water heater installation. However, in other cases, a repair will suffice. Learn about signs that tell you it’s time to repair your water heater.
You Have Water Discoloration
Water discoloration, particularly when it’s a rusty or brownish-red color, indicates that there’s corrosion inside your tank. You can tell the problem is with the water heater and not your pipes if the discoloration comes only from the hot water tap. When the unit starts rusting, that rust can be present on the tank, inside of the tank, or in the water.
You Hear Disturbing Noises
A bit of noise while the water in the tank heats up is not usually cause for a fuss. However, if the unit is very noisy, there’s probably sediment buildup inside the tank. It might sound like the unit is crackling, banging, or rumbling, for example. Sources of these noises include overheating that leads to pressure buildup and sediments heating up and bursting inside the tank. Excessive sediment and pressure buildup can eventually cause cracks and leaks.
You Have a Leak
Water puddling around the base of the tank indicates a leak. It’s a good idea to monitor your water heater regularly for leaks. If you find one, contact us for repairs immediately. Ignoring a leak could worsen the situation, destroy the heater, and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
Getting your tank flushed every year can prevent sediment buildup and associated leaks and maximize the life of the unit. Don’t put off water heater repairs. You can trust us for efficient and accurate service — 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Your team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Orlando is ready to serve you. Give us a call at (407) 584-1042 to find out more about our plumbing services.