The water heater is so much a part of our everyday lives that most homeowners do not really stop to think about just how vital this appliance truly is. Needless to say, a malfunctioning or broken down water heater is a lot more difficult to put out of one’s mind than a water heater that is functioning properly, though. If and when problems do develop with your water heater in Raleigh, NC, you are well-advised to schedule prompt water heater repairs. Doing so requires that you learn to recognize some common signs of trouble, though, so read on and let us know if you have any concerns.
It’s Making Strange Sounds
Like any other appliance, your water heater may make a bit of noise as it operates. If it is making new noises that you’ve never heard before, though, or if it is operating very loudly, you really should have a professional plumber come to take a look. You could have a serious problem on your hands. Perhaps it’s just a matter of sediment buildup causing water to overheat, though it could also be a problem with excessive water pressure. We’ll figure out what the problem is for sure.
You See Rust or Corrosion
As you probably know, a metal that is exposed to water and oxygen will rust and corrode. If you see rust and corrosion developing anywhere on your water heater, it could mean that you have a leak. Even “minor” leaks can lead to serious damage and water/energy waste. If the pipes are rusty, they may be repaired or replaced relatively easily (for a professional plumber). If your tank has rusted, though, a full replacement may be required.
Your Hot Water Fluctuates in Temperature
When you adjust your hot water to the normal settings in the shower or at the sink, you should have a good idea of what level of heat you’ll be dealing with. If your hot water is very unpredictable in terms of temperature, though, you may be dealing with a malfunctioning mixing valve or thermostat. There could also be an issue with your heating element. We’ll make sure that you can heat water consistently in your home.