Categories: Water heater

Signs Your Water Heater Is Going Out

Are you worried about your water heater going out on you? Most people don’t worry about their water heater until they have a problem, but a lot of times, people miss the signs that the unit is in trouble. Below, we’ll be looking at some of the most common signs, so you know when you need to contact the professionals.

Water Leaks from the Tank

If there is a leak in the tank, you will notice that there is water pooling around the bottom of the unit. If the leak is coming from the tank rather than the valves, you will likely need to replace it.

How Water Runs Out Fast

You might find that you are running out of hot water quickly. This might be due to sediment buildup in the tank. The more sediment in the tank the less room there is for hot water, which means you will run out faster. If you don’t have this problem dealt with, it could become impossible to flush the sediment out of the system, which would require a new unit.

Inconsistent Temperatures

If the water temperature is not consistent, it could be a sign of a bad water heater. In some cases, it could be an issue with the thermostat. Other times, it might be due to broken heating elements, which is a larger problem. Sometimes, replacing is cheaper than constantly repairing.

Water Heater’s Age

If you have an older water heater that’s 10 years old or older, you will want to keep an eye out for other signs. While these systems can last for a long time, the older they get the more likely they are to start having issues. When a unit is old, it’s going to start needing to have repaired more often, and eventually, it will be time to replace it.

Repair or Replace the Water Heater?

Most of the time, you will have a couple of choices when it comes to your water heater. Sometimes, the professionals can repair the water heater. Depending on the problem involved, this could give the water heater a bit more life, so you can continue using it. The other option is to replace the water heater.

Sometimes, even though replacing seems more expensive, it is the better choice. It means that you don’t have to keep calling the plumber and paying for repairs. You will have more peace of mind with a new water heater, and it could end up being more cost-effective overall. If you want help making sure your water heater is safe, please take a moment and reach out to us here at Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing.


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