Common Indicators That You Need Water Heater Repair | San Antonio, TX
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Do you have hot water in your home? Then you have a hot water heater in your San Antonio, TX home. We are so used to hot water now that most people don’t even think twice about the appliance, but you will think twice if you wake up without any hot water. Hot water is a necessity for everything you do in your home, so make sure that you take care of yourself by practicing proactive water heater repair.
While there is always the chance that something can break suddenly, usually there are signs that your water heater is starting to struggle. If you know what signs to look for you can book water heater repair before you end up with a cold shower in the morning. Your water heater cannot speak to you, but it does send you signals that it needs your help.
It is important to remember that your water heater is a mechanical piece of machinery, and like any large piece of machinery without proper water heater maintenance and repair, it will not last forever. Most water heaters last for about a decade, but if you practice good water habits when it comes to maintenance it can last for longer, and at the very least be counted on to deliver consistently hot water to your home.
Hot Water Always Runs Out
Everyone has been there at some point in their life, but there is nothing worse than the hot water running out while you are in the middle of a great shower in the morning. When the water starts to turn lukewarm suddenly a leisurely shower turns into a rush to get the soap offer before it turns ice cold.
Sometimes there is a logical reason for this. For instance, if you are the third person to take a shower in a row in your home then you probably expected the water to go cold on you. Alternately, if you rain the dishwasher and the washing machine then this is probably why it happened.
However, if you are the only one that took a shower in the morning and the first one to use the hot water and you run out of water, then this is a clear sign that you need water heater repair. Unless your showers take an hour to complete, you should not run out of hot water this quickly. You may need to turn up the water temperature on your water heater, but if this fails to make any difference then it is time to consult with a San Antonio, TX about water heater repair.
Absolutely No Hot Water
The only thing worse than being in a shower that is slowly turning cold is attempting to take a shower that never warms up. If there is no hot water in your home at all then you may need to check on your water heater. The very first thing you should do is check and see if your pilot light is on. If it is off, this immediately solves the problem of where your hot water went.
A lot of times a faulty pilot control valve or a thermocouple that is no longer working will prevent your pilot light from staying lit leading to the lack of cold water. A simple call to a plumber should be all it takes to get either of these components replaced therefore restoring the hot water to your home
Depending on the situation, the water heater repair visit may be a little more involved. For instance, you may need to replace your heating element if your water heater is electric, or it could be that sediment is building up over the heating element no longer allowing it to do its job. In this case, water heater repair alone will probably not solve the problem and there is a good chance that you are now looking at water heater replacement.
No one wants to bathe or cook with water that has an odor to it. However, outside of being gross, water that smells usually has some type of bacteria growing in it which is where the smell actually comes from. Therefore, if your hot water has started to have a distinct odor you need to talk to a plumber about water heater repair. This is not something that you want to ignore because it could be a major health hazard.
A lot of people complain about a rotten egg smell that seems to emerge slowly over time. A plumbing contractor can help flush out your tank and advise you on what you need to do so that you can return to using your hot water without smelling like you need a shower – after taking a shower. Keep in mind however that if the stinky smell is coming out of both the cold and hot taps then water heater repair is not going to help you. At this point, it is an issue with your water source and you will need to call the San Antonio, TX municipal water supplier for more help.
Noises from the Water Tank
Remember when we said earlier that your water tank can’t talk to you? It is true that it can’t talk to you, but any loud noises are a pretty good indication that something is wrong that is going to require water heater repair. For that reason, don’t ignore any noises coming from your tank. A lot of times if your tank is making noises it means that it needs to be drained so that the sediment can be removed, but sometimes it means that there is a pressure buildup or other issues that also need immediate attention.
If you notice loud noises coming from your water tank or any other alarming signs, call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio for help. We can send a plumber out to your home to take a look and make sure that you have a steady hot water supply for years to come.