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The Top 6 Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing

Even the best water heater will eventually falter and fail, and most do so within eight to 12 years after installation. It’s within this range that you’ll begin to notice decreased efficiency and reliability, and an increase in the cost and frequency of repairs. When your water heater begins to fail, it’s advisable to consider replacement options and perform the replacement before a critical failure occurs. At BVSM Heating & Air, we can help you assess the condition of your water heater and help you determine whether further repairs or water heater replacement are your best course of action.

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Signs It’s Time To Call a Professional Plumber To Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

Whether you have a gas water heater, electric water heater, or tankless water heater, you’ll notice signs that the appliance isn’t working the way it should. When you detect any of the following, we recommend hiring a trained professional to inspect your system and perform any maintenance, adjustments, and repairs.

#1: Your water isn’t getting as hot as usual or the heat is inconsistent

This can occur because of a failing heating element, clogs within the gas line, loose electrical connections, and also because of sediment buildup within the tank. In many cases, simple adjustments and minor repairs can restore the hot water capacity of your unit.

#2: You notice discolored water coming from your faucets or showerhead

Water discoloration can be caused by corrosion as well as excessive sediment within your water. Red or rust-colored water is the result of corrosion, which can occur within the pipes or within the storage tank itself. Milky-colored water is the result of excessive sediment.

#3: Low water pressure

Low pressure can occur because of debris and sediment buildup within the tank or problems with the shut-off valve, expansion valve, or pressure relief valve. It may also be as simple as a kink within a flexible water conduit.

#4: Leaking coming from your water heater

Leaks are a critical concern and require immediate investigation. Leaks can occur because of a faulty pressure relief valve or because of cracks or corrosion within the water heater’s tank. It’s also possible that the inlet or outlet valves have failed. Many of these causes can be repaired, however, leaks within the tank itself will necessitate replacing the water heater.

#5: Strange sounds coming from your water heater

Popping and bubbling sounds occur as water boils through excessive sediment buildup within the tank and the steam causes it to make a popping or bubbling sound. It is the most common cause of strange sounds from your water heater. Other noises, such as whining like an airplane, can be caused by faulty fuel pumps, clogged burners, etc. In all cases, strange noises should be investigated by a professional as there are many potential causes.

#6: Your water smells like rotten eggs

The rotten egg odor is hydrogen sulfide gas, which can give your water that unpleasant taste/smell. It’s the result of decay and chemical reactions within the soil, rocks, and pipes that cause a proliferation of sulfur bacteria. It’s annoying and, in most cases, harmless. However, it can also indicate a natural gas line leak, which is far from something you want to ignore.

How Do I Know if I Should Repair or Replace My Water Heater?

Prompt repairs are the best way to protect your water heater from critical damage. When your water heater shows signs that something is off, it’s always advisable to contact a professional without delay. At BVSM, our licensed and insured plumbers have the tools, training, and expertise necessary to thoroughly inspect your system and perform the necessary adjustments and repairs.

When repairs are no longer feasible due to age, cost, or extensive damage, we can help you select an energy-efficient replacement that will deliver the performance and reliability you require. We offer a full range of top-quality systems from leading manufacturers and guarantee your satisfaction with our water heater replacement services.

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