Professional Plumber: Spotting Early Signs of Water Heater Problems

While not all plumbing issues can be spotted in advance, there are some signs homeowners in Rocklin or anywhere else can look for to determine when to it’s time to schedule an inspection. Observant homeowners with either gas or electric heating systems can save money by minimizing the risk of unexpected emergencies.

Signs of Electric Water Heater Problems

The first sign of a potential problem a homeowner will likely encounter is with the temperature of the water. Homeowners may notice that hot water doesn’t remain hot as long as it normally does while showering or doing the dishes. While problems with the tank itself can occur with both electric and gas system, there are issues specific to electric water heaters, including:

• Worn or damaged heating elements
• Defective or worn thermostats
• A tripped breaker

Signs of Gas Water Heater Problems

Gas hot water heaters pose an added danger when something goes wrong simply because of the gas itself. A common issue is the pilot light. Homeowners not familiar with how to safely relight a pilot light should call a Rocklin plumbing professional. Issues specific to gas water heaters may include:

• Bad or damaged hot water gas values
• Heater thermostat malfunctions
• Clogged flues or vents

Increased Frequency of Repairs

When smaller repairs start to become increasingly frequent, it may be time to consider replacing your existing hot water system. The good news is that whether homeowners prefer a hot water tank or a tankless water system, today’s products are more efficient than ever. It’s also worth considering a replacement when a hot water heater is at the end of its life cycle. Hot water tanks typically last from 10 to 15 years after installation, with signs of failure including:

• Rusty water coming out of faucets
• Water with a distinct metallic taste
• Water accumulated around the base
• Loud cracks and pops

A plumber homeowners call for a hot water system inspection is likely to able to detect early signs of a potential issue at a time when there will be more options. Spotting problems early also gives a homeowner additional time to consider what steps need to be taken without the need to make quick decisions.

Sources:

Electric Hot Water Heater Troubleshooting, Home Repair Central
Gas Hot Water Heater Troubleshooting, Home Repair Central
How to Know If Your Water Heater Is Bad, SF Gate

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