Although all of the appliances in your home are necessary for your daily life, your water heater is incredibly essential. If your water heater isn’t working correctly, you won’t be able to take a shower or perform simple everyday tasks. Also, your appliances that rely on water won’t function properly if you have issues with your water heater.
Some issues can be repaired; however, other problems cannot require a water heater replacement. It is essential that you can recognize that a replacement is necessary. The longer you wait, the more problems can arise.
If you are like most Battle Ground, WA homeowners, you keep your water heater tucked away either in the corner of the basement or in a closet where it is out of sight. If there are any issues with the water heater, you might not even notice. Because water heater issues can cause severe problems in your home, it is best to make it a point to check on the water heater once a week. If you notice any of the issues below during your weekly inspection, you should call a licensed plumber immediately.
#1 Not Enough Hot Water
If you have never run out of hot water in the past and find that you are running out of hot water more frequently, you may need a water heater replacement. Before you call a licensed plumber, you should first consider any changes that have occurred in your home. For example, if a new person has entered the household, your hot water demand will increase, which could be why you are running out of hot water frequently. If this is the case, a replacement might be your only option. You will need a water heater with a larger tank with higher hot water demand. You can also go with a tankless water heater, which provides hot water on demand. This will ensure that you never run out of hot water again.
If you recently installed a new water-based appliance, it could also be why you are running out of hot water quickly and might require a replacement with a larger water tank.
If nothing has changed in your home, the problem likely lies within the water heater itself. Over time, sediment can build up inside the tank. This sediment will take up space inside the water tank, and there won’t be as much room for heated water to be stored. Over time, this will cause you to run out of hot water faster. This issue might not be repairable, and you will need a water heater replacement.
It is best to call a licensed plumber as soon as you notice the problem. But, until you do, cold showers will be part of your daily life.
#2 Rusty Hot Water
When you turn the water on in your home, it should be clean and clear. If the water comes out rusty, it is a significant cause for concern. It isn’t safe to bathe in rusty water, cook with it, or drink it; therefore, you need emergency assistance.
If the hot and cold water in your Battle Ground, WA home is coming out rusty, the pipes are likely corroded and need to be replaced. However, if just the hot water is rusty, the problem lies within your water heater.
As mentioned earlier, sediment can build up inside the water tank over time. It can break apart when the tank heats up and comes out in hot water when this happens. Because rusty hot water is so unsafe, it is best to call a licensed plumber and schedule an appointment for a replacement.
#3 Rumbling Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
If the water heater in your home is functioning correctly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a low-level humming. However, if you hear a rumbling sound, it might be time for a water heater replacement.
When sediment builds up inside the water tank, large pieces can break off and clang against the side of the water tank. This is a very serious issue. If the sediment pieces are large enough, they can hit the sides of the water tank hard enough that they puncture a hole in the tank. This can cause a major flood in your home, which can be very damaging and expensive to repair.
It is best to call a plumber as soon as you notice the rumbling sound. A professional can inspect your water heater to determine if we can repair it or if a replacement would be necessary. The sooner you make the call, the better.
#4 Leaks Around the Water Heater
There should never be water pooling around your water heater. If there is, you should call a licensed plumber immediately. The problem could be minor, like a loose, broken, or disconnected hose. It could also be a leak in the water tank, which is a very serious issue. When the metal tank heats up, it expands, resulting in minor fractures that will allow water to leak from the tank. If a large piece of sediment hits the inside of the tank, it can also cause a rupture in the water tank.
If you leak your water tank, it is time for a water heater replacement.
#5 Your Heater Has Reached Its Maximum Lifespan
Most water heaters have a lifespan of about ten years. If your water heater has reached its maximum lifespan, it is time to consider a water heater replacement. If you try to get a few more years out of your water heater, you could end up dealing with serious issues, such as a flood down the road. A licensed plumber can inspect your water heater to determine if it is time for a water heater replacement. If you wait too long, a disaster can occur.
Why Choose Pilot Plumbing?
If you think it is time for a water heater replacement in your home, don’t waste your time with a Google search. Instead, contact the professionals at Pilot Plumbing. We have been serving residential and business customers in the area for over 15 years. Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and highly qualified, which should give you peace of mind that we can handle any plumbing issue you throw at us.
We understand that plumbing issues can arise at the most inconvenient times, which is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To schedule an appointment for water heater replacement or any other plumbing issue, give us at Pilot Plumbing and Drain a call today.