Every appliance in your Vancouver, WA home is designed to make your life easier. For example, your washing machine washes your clothes, and your dishwasher washes your dishes, so you don’t have to. Although every appliance is essential, some are more important than others. For example, you can live without a dishwasher or washing machine, but you cannot live without your refrigerator and water heater.
If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, you won’t be able to take hot showers and clean your home properly. In addition, your dishwasher and washing machine won’t function properly if your water heater is faulty. Because your water heater is so essential to your daily life, it is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. If you don’t make the call as the issue begins, a small issue that is easy to fix can become a major one that could require a water heater replacement.
If your water heater is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a plumber specializing in repairs immediately.
#1 No Hot Water Coming From the Taps
If you turn on the hot water in your home, the issue could be something that you can handle. For example, if your water heater runs on gas or oil, the pilot light could be out and needs to be lit. In addition, you can make sure there is oil in your tank or that your gas bill has been paid. If you have an electric water heater, make sure that a circuit hasn’t tripped and there is power going to your water heater.
If everything checks out and you still have no hot water, you need to schedule an appointment or water heater repair. There could be an issue with the heating elements that keep the water in the tank hot. A plumber specializing in water heaters can inspect the unit to determine if it can be repaired or if replacing the water heater is the best option.
#2 The Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough
If you turn the hot water in your home on full-blast and it doesn’t get hot enough no matter how long you let it run, you may need to schedule an appointment or a repair.
Before you make the call, check the setting on the water heater’s thermostat. If it is set below 120 degrees, adjusting the thermostat could solve the problem. If the thermostat is set correctly, you will need to schedule an appointment with a plumber specializing in water heaters.
There could be an issue with the thermostat, which controls the water temperature in the tank. There could also be an issue with one of the heating elements. If just one is functioning, there won’t be enough heat to keep the water in the tank hot, causing it to come out lukewarm. A professional in water heater repair can inspect the water heater and make the necessary repairs.
#3 Poor Hot Water Pressure
Poor water pressure can be a very frustrating issue. If the water pressure in your Vancouver, WA home is poor, simple tasks like washing the dishes and washing your hair will take longer than they should.
If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, there is likely an issue with the waterline or the water main. If it is just the hot water pressure that is poor, the issue is with your water heater.
Over time, sediment can build up in your water tank. If the sediment gets into the waterlines, it will cause inadequate water pressure. A plumber specializing in water heaters can try to unclog the waterlines, restoring the water pressure. If there is too much sediment in the waterlines, you may need to replace your water heater.
#4 You Are Running Out Of Hot Water Quickly
If you can barely make it through a shower without the water getting cold, you may need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Before you make the call, you should consider your hot water demand. If someone recently moved into your home, or if you installed a new appliance that requires hot water, your water heater may be too small to handle your hot water demand. If this is the case, you will need to install a larger water heater or a tankless water heater that provides hot water on demand.
If your hot water demand hasn’t changed, you should schedule an appointment for a repair. If large pieces of sediment have built up in the water tank, there will be less room for water storage. A plumber specializing in water heater repair will inspect the water heater to determine if it can be repaired or if you need to have it replaced.
#5 Strange Sounds
If the water heater in your home is functioning properly, it won’t make any noise. If you hear a banging sound coming from the water heater, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair. When large pieces of sediment build up in the water tank, they can bang against the inside of the tank, causing a banging sound. If you ignore the issue, the sediment can put a crack in the water tank, causing the water inside to flood your home. It is best to schedule an appointment for a repair as soon as you discover the issue.
#6 Moisture Around the Water Tank
There should never be moisture or water pooling around the water tank in your Vancouver, WA home. If there is, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair right away.
There could be a broken or disconnected hose, which is a simple fix. However, if you allow the problem to persist, the moisture can cause water damage in the area and promote mold growth.
If there is water pooling on the floor, there could be a crack in the water tank, which will flood your home if it is ignored. When you call a plumber specializing in water heaters, they will inspect the unit to determine the cause of the problem and take the necessary steps to resolve the issue.
Why Choose Pilot Plumbing?
If you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, contact Pilot Plumbing. We have been serving customers in the area for over 15 years and have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry.
When you work with us, you can be sure that a highly trained, licensed plumber will arrive on time. If your water heater cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced, we have financing options available.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us at Pilot Plumbing a call today.