You’ve Been Warned: 4 Signs It’s Time to Schedule Water Heater Maintenance
Problems with home appliances can occur for many reasons: something may go wrong with the mechanical structure of the unit; the appliance may not have been operated using the manufacturer’s instructions; or it wasn’t receiving the correct amount of power or water. But sometimes, you may develop a plumbing problem simply because the appliances were denied the regular attention required to work efficiently. Below, we will take you through some of the signs it’s about to fail and reasons why it’s important to schedule regularly water heater maintenance.
4 Signs It’s Time to Schedule Water Heater Maintenance
Don’t wait for an unexpected cold shower or worse, a flooded home. Stay alert for these warning signs that your water heater is about to fail.
1. Know the Age of Your Water Heater.
Find the age of your unit or check with the manufacturer to find out when your water heater was made. If it’s more than 10 years old, consider researching replacement options now so you’re not left with a rushed decision when the time comes to make the investment.
2. Listen for Unusual Sounds.
If your water heater starts making rumbling noises or banging sounds as its heating up, this is a sign it’s nearing the end of its useful life. These noises are due to sediment that has been built up on the bottom of the tank over time. As the sediment is continuously heated and reheated, it eventually hardens and causes these unusual sounds, major inefficiencies and extra wear on the tank (which could lead to cracks).
3. Spy a Leak.
If you notice any standing water around the water heater, you may be dealing with the start of a fracture in the tank. It’s best to address the small problem before it turns into a flooding disaster causing major damage to your home.
4. Water Quality Has Gone Down the Drain.
Reddish brown water is a telltale sign that your water heater has started rusting on the inside and iron particles have broken free from the corrosion. Not only does rusty water look and taste unpleasant, it could also indicate that a leak is on the way. In addition, water temperature fluctuations, water that takes way too long to heat, heavy dirt deposits or cloudy water, are all signs that your water heater is on the way to the plumbing morgue.
Boost the Lifespan with Regular Water Heater Maintenance
Water heaters require attention to stay healthy and fully functioning; many problems can be avoided with routine, annual maintenance. On average, they last about 10 years, but schedule your tune-ups regularly and you can have a dependable water heater that lasts twenty years or more. Other factors, including electricity irregularities, efficiency of the water heater and the water’s mineral density, can also affect the lifespan.
Gas or Electric Water Heater Maintenance
As mentioned above, when maintaining major appliances, it’s best to consult with a qualified plumber to get the job done right and boost efficiency. To ensure your equipment is running smoothly, our professionals will cover the following services (and more):
- Ensure the T&P (temperature and pressure) relief valve is working properly.
- Check the tank drain valve for leaks. If leaks are identified, repair or replace it.
- Check the sacrificial anode rod. If it’s severely corroded, replace it.
- Ensure the flue is working properly.
- Clean the burner assembly thoroughly and replace the thermocouple.
- Check pressure-relief valve. Replace if needed.
- Inspect the pilot light (gas water heaters). Repair or adjust as necessary.
Water Heater Maintenance by Brown’s
A healthy water heater is one that has been installed properly, insulated and regularly serviced. Don’t wait for a catastrophe to happen, protect the health and lifespan of your investment and schedule your maintenance appointment today.
Please note: Manufacturers for major appliances, like water heaters, often require that only an authorized repair professional work on the appliance. In addition to being a dangerous task, if you DIY, you also risk voiding the warranty.