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The water heater in your North Las Vegas, NV home, is one of the most essential appliances. Without hot water, there are plenty of things that you can’t get done in the home. No hot water makes it impossible to do dishes, do your laundry, and clean your house. You wouldn’t even be able to wash your hands or take a shower. Because your water heater is such an essential appliance, it can be very frustrating when it isn’t working correctly and needs to be repaired. Unfortunately, there are some issues that cannot be fixed and would require a water heater replacement. Some of these issues can cause serious problems if they go ignored; therefore, it is crucial that you inspect your water heater regularly.
Many local homeowners tuck their water heaters away so that they are out of sight. Some people install their water heater in a corner of the basement, while others tuck the water heater in a closet on the main floor. Because your water heater is out of sight, you should make a habit of giving it a visual inspection once a week. This can prevent a flood or another disaster from occurring.
#1 Leaks Or Pooling Around the Water Heater
There should never be any leaks or water pooling around the water heater. If you notice moisture around the water heater, there could be a broken, clogged or a disconnected hose. This is the best-case scenario because it can be fixed easily. If there is an issue with a hose, you should have it repaired as soon as possible. If the problem persists, it can create a mold issue in the area.
If the water is coming from the tank itself, it cannot be fixed, and you would need to call a plumber for a water heater replacement. Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When this happens, it expands and contracts, which can cause damage to the inside of the water tank. Eventually, the damage will extend to the outer part of the water tank, causing a leak. If the problem is ignored, the entire tank can give out, forcing 100 gallons or more of hot water all over your house. Because this type of flood can cause severe water damage, you should call a plumber to have your water heater repaired as quickly as possible.
#2 Strange Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
When your water heater is running, you should never hear more than a low-level humming. If you hear strange noises coming from the tank, such as a rumbling or a banging, it might be time for a water heater replacement. The sound is caused by mineral deposits that have built up on the heating element. The older the water heater is, the more build-up there will be. When the sediment hardens, it will rattle against the inside of the water heater, causing strange sounds. This is an issue that should not be ignored. Allowing the sediment to rattle around inside the tank will eventually put a hole in the water tank, causing a major flood. As soon as you hear any strange sounds coming from your water heater, you should call a plumber. After inspecting the water tank, they will most likely recommend a replacement.
#3 Contaminated Water
If you turn on your hot water and it is contaminated, it might be time for a water heater replacement. There are three types of contamination associated with a water heater. These include:
- Rust particles in the hot water which occurs when the inside of the tank has rusted
- Sandy or muddy water which is due to sediment building up in the tank
- The hot water has a metallic taste and smell, which could mean that the inside of the tank has rusted.
If your water is contaminated, the problem could be resolved by having a plumber drain the water from the tank and clean the sediment. However, if there is too much sediment or if rust has damaged any vital parts of the water tank, the plumber will recommend a replacement. Because it isn’t safe to drink or bathe in contaminated water, you should call a plumber as soon as you notice the problem.
#4 Warm Water Comes Out of the Tank
If the water heater’s thermostat is set to 120 to 140 degrees, but the water is coming out lukewarm, you should call a plumber. The issue could be something that can be repaired, such as a broken heating element. However, the problem could be something more serious and would require a water heater replacement. If your water heater has reached its maximum lifespan, and repair won’t be worth it.
#5 Frequently Calling For Repairs
If you find that you are calling the plumber for water heater repairs, it could be time for a water heater replacement. When a water heater has reached its maximum lifespan of 8 to 12 years, frequent problems can arise. In cases like this, a water heater replacement is the best option.
If you are having issues with your water heater and believe that it is time for a water heater replacement, contact Craig’s Plumbing. We have been serving customers in the North Las Vegas, NV area since 1997. If you are having water heater issues, we will send one of our licensed and insured plumbers to your home to inspect the water heater to determine the cause of the problem. If they believe that the issue can be repaired, the plumber will handle the repair as quickly and efficiently as possible. If they think that a water heater replacement is best, they can help you choose the best water heater for your family’s needs. We understand that water heater issues can arise at any time of the day or night. Because of this, we offer 24/7 emergency service. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.