Few homeowners are aware that water heater failure is imminent. While it is not possible to say when a water heater failure will occur, there are signs that indicate the need for water heater repair in Katy. In some cases of water heater problems, contacting a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg at the first signs may mean the difference between replacing the water heater and providing repair. Our expert plumbers repair all brands of conventional water heaters.
Knowing the age of the water heater will enable you to utilize this knowledge for the decision to repair or replace. If you have hard water, you may average no more than 7 years for a water heater’s lifespan. Homeowner’s often wait until the water heater has failed. Considering a common cause of failure is corrosion and a leaking tank, it is best to replace an aging water heater before a leak occurs. Once a leak has already occurred, your home and potentially its foundation may have already experienced severe and costly damage.
Rusty water occurring only when a hot water tap is opened may be a sign that the water heater is rusting from the inside out, and leaks could occur at any time. However, if your home has galvanized piping you may also have corroded pipes. When rusty water is due to the water heater, it is a sign of the need for water heater repair in Katy or replacement.
Water Heater Noise
As water heaters age, sediment from hard water will build up on the bottom of the tank. When this occurs, you may hear rumbling or popping noises when the water heater is heating up.
Routine flushing can prevent the accumulation of sediment and extend the water heater’s lifespan. When sediment is left unchecked, the water heater uses more energy heating the layers of sediment, which in turn heat up the bottom of the tank, and can result in breakage of the protective glass liner. With water in contact with the metal tank, it is not long before the tank begins to rust, until a hole penetrates the tank and a leak occurs. Leaky water heater tanks cannot be repaired, and can only be replaced.
If you hear rumbling or popping noises from the water heater, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for water heater repair in Katy. Our plumber will inspect the water heater, and inform you if cleaning is a possibility, or if water heater replacement will be required.
Moisture and Leaks
Moisture or pools of water around the water heater indicate a leak. As previously noted, leaks in the tank require water heater replacement. However, leaks in fittings, the drain valve, or a pipe, for example, can be repaired.
While the water heater is essential in any modern home, over time they experience wear and will require water heater repair in Katy, or replacement. Routine maintenance for your conventional water heater can both reduce the need for water heater repair in Katy, and extending its lifespan.
A Lack of Hot Water
While a number of problems can result in a lack of hot water that can be resolved with water heater repair in Katy, complete failure requiring replacement is one potential cause.
Water Heater Replacement
New water heater standards have resulted in a bulkier, heavier, and more complicated water heater. In addition, there is risk due to the inherent dangers of working with high voltage or gas. For this reason, water heater installation should only be provided by a licensed professional plumber. If you would like to extend the life of your appliances, talk to one of our water quality experts about the installation of a water softener.
When you need water heater replacement, keep in mind a new water heater will reduce the cost of your energy bill, and with routine maintenance, and timely water heater repair in Katy count on the best efficiency possible for years to come.
When problems occur with conventional water heaters, contact Benjamin Franklin for reliable water heater repair in Katy. Our plumbers provide quality plumbing repair, installation, maintenance and other plumbing services for residential and commercial applications. For service you can rely on, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg. We serve Katy, Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.