The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance and Repair in Fall and Winter

How Homeowners Can Know They Need Water Heater Repair

Hot water, much in the same way as indoor plumbing, was once considered a luxury. In many places in the world, it still is. In the last hundred years or so, indoor plumbing and water heaters have been in basically every US dwelling. That being said, It is hard to imagine living without the convenience of a fully functioning water heater. They are the silent heart of the home’s water supply system. People have become so used to these appliances that they often go unnoticed until they stop working. This article will discuss how a water heater lets homeowners know it needs to be repaired or replaced.

Hot or Not? Problems with Inconsistent Temperaturetemperature

One of the subtler ways a water heater can exhibit problems is by being inconsistent with the water temperature. This is a large umbrella for any sort of fluctuation in temperature, which can include:

  • Too Hot: This may merely be a symptom of a thermostat being shifted in the wrong direction or indicate that the temperature regulation device is not working properly. This can be dangerous, particularly to children.
  • Too Cold/Lukewarm: This could be a simple matter of temperature regulation. There could also be a problem with the heat source, whether an electric heating element or a gas burner. They could need cleaning or replacing.
  • Too Little Hot Water: Running out of hot water in the middle of the shower is no one’s favorite incident. This can be a problem with the heating element or, even worse, there could be a leak that is reducing the water level.
  • Unexpected Temperature Changes: These changes can happen when multiple appliances or faucets are using the hot water, such as the shower and the washing machine, but if it is happening without evidence of other users, there may be an issue. 

Trained water heater technicians can quickly identify the problem and fix it or advise on these matters. If homeowners struggle with keeping their hot water consistent, they should consult a professional. 

The Drip, Drip, Drip of Leaksleaks

If hot water is running out too quickly or there is water pooling underneath or near the water heater, there is likely a leak. This can be in the pipe connections or, worse, in the hot water tank. Leaks cause problems for more than just the hot water level, including: 

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Structural damage to the home
  • Water damage
  • Higher water bills due to water loss

If the leak is in the pipe, that may be an easy fix, whether it is tightening the connection or repairing or replacing the pipe. If the hot water tank has cracked or has become corroded, it is very likely that the whole thing will need to be replaced.

Too Old to Repair? When a Hot Water Heater Should Be Replaced

If a water heater has multiple issues, is in constant need of repairs, and is more than ten years old, a homeowner is likely looking at a replacement of the water heater. For one thing, finding replacement parts for the appliance may be difficult. For another, wear and tear on an older tank can be extensive. It may be less expensive to purchase a new hot water tank than to repair an old one. Homeowners looking to replace their water heater should consider the highly efficient tankless water heater, which takes up less space and uses less energy than the traditional water heater.

About Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC

Veteran-owned and operated out of Stuart, FL, Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC has more than thirty years of experience under their belts. Their highly trained technicians offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed and emergency service. Call them today for water heating service anywhere along Florida’s Treasure Coast.