Hot water heaters are essential for any home. What happens when your water heater starts showing signs that it’s not working the way it should be on a daily basis? That’s a loaded question because we need to identify what the issue is and what needs to be done about it first. Let’s take at all the things you need to know about water heater leaks and replacements.
What Might Be Wrong With Your Water Heater
Here are some of the common issues that might be ailing your water heater:
Water heater leaking at the top or bottom
No hot water or not enough
Too hot water
Low hot water pressure
Odd noises from the water heater
Dirty or rust-colored water
Stinky hot water
The pilot light is not lighting
Burner not staying lit
Some of these issues can add stress to your day. However, water heater leaks and other issues will not always require significant fixes. If you’re experiencing any issues such as the ones above, call our team to see how we can help.
Reasons Your Water Heater Is Giving Up
Here are the reasons why you might be experiencing significant issues with your water heater.
Rust on the inside from corrosion
Corrosion can lead to water heater leaks and means you’re going to have to replace the unit. There are very few options with what you can really do about rust and corrosion. Have our professionals check if it’s able to be saved or if a full replacement is needed.
Sediment buildup from hard water
If the water your home receives is high in minerals, it may affect your water heater and cause a buildup that damages the water heater over time. There are methods of breaking down the sediment in your water supply. You can also flush the water heater twice a year.
High water pressure
High water pressure not only causes strain on the water heater but causes a major increase in your water and power bills. This is an issue you’d want to be solved ASAP. The best fix is to replace the temperature and pressure relief valve.
Corrosive fumes from poor air quality
For combustion purposes, the water heater has to draw in air, and when the air quality is bad, it corrodes the tank faster. The best fix is avoiding corrosive substances anywhere near the water heater like bleach and ammonia.
Incorrect size heater for your needs
If you’re part of a larger family, you may need a larger-sized water heater. Unfortunately, there are very few options here other than replacing it or living with the water heater you have.
Old age beyond 12 years
The truth of the matter is that older water heaters will run into problems eventually. If you’ve moved into a home with an aging water heater (which many older units have) then you’re going to need to replace it. Repairing the water heater leaks might help it last a tiny bit longer, but there’s only so long it can last.