We generally take water heaters for granted until they stop working correctly. We're then left without hot water and with a ton of questions. What should I know regarding my water heater? How can I tell if it needs to be repaired or replaced? How much will it cost me? Isn't there anything else I can do? You can inspect your water heater to try and troubleshoot the problem yourself, or call the experienced plumbers at Budget Plumbing, Heating and Airconditioning to do this for you!
Sometimes the issue is minor, and repair will be relatively easy. Sometimes there is no easy fix, and it will need to be replaced entirely. You can check to see if you notice any of these common water heater problems. If you do, call us and schedule an appointment to have your water heater repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
- If the pilot light keeps going out, this may be a sign that the thermocouple is dirty, bent, or damaged.
- If the water temperature has changed, this can indicate that something might be wrong with the thermostat, or your water heater has sediment build-up.
- If you notice any leaks coming from the water heater, this could mean you need a new gasket or o-ring, but it could also mean that the tank is cracked or more seriously damaged.
- If you notice any strange noises coming from your water heater, this could indicate sediment build-up inside the unit.
- If there is discoloured water coming from your taps, this could mean that the anode rod is failing, causing rust in the water.
- If you notice any signs of corrosion on the outside of your water heater or your energy bill has suddenly gone up could indicate you need to replace it.
Sometimes water heater issues are minor and can be fixed quickly. A bent or dirty thermocouple can be brushed off or bent back into place when it has cooled off. You can adjust the thermostat if your water is too hot or too cold; make sure you don't turn it up to high to avoid injury. Repairs you will need an experienced plumber to complete are part replacements, system resets, or your water heater needs to be flushed. These repairs are typically more complicated and shouldn't be attempted without the proper knowledge and experience. While certain minor repairs can be completed by yourself, we always recommend hiring a professional plumber to avoid gas, electrical or other safety hazards.
The most common reason you will need to replace your water heater is its age. If your water heater is more than ten years old, it is probably reaching the end of its lifespan. Gas water heaters usually last about 8-10 years, electric water heaters last 10-15 years, and tankless water heaters can last 15 years with regular maintenance. An old water heater can also increase your energy bill as they become less energy efficient with age. If your water heater is leaking, giving off an unusual odour, your water is discoloured, it is making strange noises, or you notice any corrosion on the tank, it likely needs to be replaced. We do not recommend installing a new water heater yourself. You should always call an experienced local plumber to ensure it is installed correctly and safely to protect you and your home.
The replacement costs of your water heater will depend on the size and type of the unit, and repairs will be less costly. Plumbers can quickly and efficiently repair your water heater without breaking the bank. Water heater replacements are more expensive, but depending on the situation might be cheaper in the long run.
It's essential to learn the common signs that your water heater needs to be repaired or replaced so that you can take preventative measures. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your water heater running smoothly and extend its life. For example, if you have a gas water heater, a professional plumber should check it for leaks every year. You should also have your tank flushed out at least twice a year to avoid sediment build-up. If your water heater is tankless, it's a good idea to have it inspected regularly to avoid any damage.
No matter if you have a gas, elecetric, or tankless water heater in your home, it's essential to check it for any potential problems. If you notice any of these signs or anything else you may be unsure about, call your local plumbing experts at Budget Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today so we can assist you with all your water heater needs!