Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?
Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance
Hot water heaters have become an essential element of modern homes, and most households cannot function without one. Today’s hot water heaters are designed for quality and can last years with little to no problems. However, much like all other household appliances, there comes a time when your trusty hot water heater requires some professional maintenance.
One sign that your hot water heater needs to be checked out is a change in water temperature. If you notice your hot water heater is no longer producing hot water, there might be a problem with the fuse box or pilot light, depending on whether it is an electric or a gas unit. If the water becomes too hot, the problem may be the thermostat and require a professional replacement.
If you notice that your water takes a long time to heat up, the top element could need replacing. If the water gets hot, but does not stay hot, the problem might be the lower element. Both of these problems should be handled by a professional.
There are times when your hot water heater might get clogged or become the victim of sediment buildup. These problems are signaled by choppy water flow, low water pressure, banging noises, and cloudy or rusty water.
One very clear sign that your hot water heater is in need of maintenance is a leak in the tank. If this happens, the hot water heater needs to be shut off at the power source, drained, and repaired. In some cases, it may even need to be replaced.
Finally, if you notice that your water is starting to smell like rotten eggs, there could be damage to the anode rod. It is the anode rod’s duty to protect the tank from corrosion, so it is imperative that this problem be fixed.
It is important to respond to the signs that your hot water heater gives you. Fixing a small problem now could save you from dealing with a much bigger problem later. When problems do arise, you should always call a professional rather than risk further damage to the unit or injury to yourself.
Is the hot water heater in your North Shore home in need of repairs? Call Tai Irwin Plumbing at 02 9451-1863 and schedule a service call today!