In the world of water heater replacements, it’s better to act too soon rather than too late. Kotz Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing wants to make sure you pay attention to some important warning signs. Choose to ignore them and you could be headed for an ice-cold shower or a flood in your Waterford, MI home.
Hot water runs out
This is the most common sign your hot water heater needs repair or replacement. If it takes a long time to get hot water or the water is only lukewarm, it’s time to take action. Over time the sediment buildup in the tank reduces efficiency. You can prevent the problem with annual flushes of the tank, but if you have waited too long your plumber may recommend a replacement.
Noises from your water heater may make you think you have ghosts in the house. The sounds are often described as popping, creaking, or rumbling. If the sounds don’t disappear after the tank is flushed, it could indicate the tank is on the verge or cracking or leaking. In this scenario, the hot water heater is likely beyond repair.
Murky or smelly water
Cloudy water is the result of corrosion and mineral deposits. Whenever there’s evidence of corrosion the danger of a damaging leak goes up. If there’s a metallic smell or taste to the water, it’s a good sign you will need to call in the plumbing experts from Kotz.
A faulty pressure relief valve
This valve is a vital component of your hot water heater. It prevents a dangerous buildup of pressure inside the tank. Although rare, a malfunctioning valve can cause the water heater to explode. The pressure relief valve should be tested by a professional plumber once a year. A leaking valve is also a sign service is needed.
The tank is leaking
If there’s water around or under the water heater tank, do not ignore it. We recommend calling in a plumber immediately. A small leak can turn into a torrent of water at any moment. In most cases, this is a sign the tank’s inner lining has failed and replacement is the only option.
Kotz’s goal is 100% satisfaction
We’ve been delivering that promise to the people of Waterford, MI and all of Oakland County since 1929. If you notice any of these warning signs with your water heater, we urge you to call us now before the problem gets more serious. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.