Your home’s water heater is a real work-horse, supplying piping hot water on demand, day after day. We may not spare much thought for our home’s water heater, but when things break down, hot water is a convenience we quickly miss. PlumbV professionals have the knowledge, skills, and resources to address your water heater concerns and get your home back to normal.
Potential Hot Water Problems
Water heater issues can be varied, but they all generally point to three scenarios: (1) maintenance needs, (2) faulty parts, or (3) a unit that needs to be replaced. We recommend keeping track of your water heater’s age and any maintenance that’s been done. This will give you a better idea of what might need attention. It could be that your water heater has simply outlived its useful years and should be replaced. Here are some key things to look for when trying to determine if you need to call a plumbing professional.
- Loud noises. Popping, hissing, banging, knocking, rumbling, and cracking sounds could indicate that sediment buildup has reached a critical point. Years of reheating allows minerals to collect and, over time, buildup can cause the unit to overwork and wear out.
- Leaking. A water heater’s tank is designed to withstand years of expanding and contracting with fluctuating water temperatures. But over time, resistance can wear down and cracks might develop. If you’re noticing leaks, no matter the size, take this seriously — you don’t want all that water on your home’s floors.
- Cold showers/inconsistent heat. Sediment can reduce the capacity of the tank and lead to shorter bursts of available hot water. A malfunctioning heating element can also cause irregular water heaters.
- Diminished water quality. If hot water in your home or business is rust-colored, muddy, sandy, or smells and tastes metallic, it’s likely that sediment from the water heater’s tank is making its way into your water supply.
Contributing Factors and Solutions
Sediment. A buildup of sediment will decrease the amount of hot water your water heater can produce. If you’ve confirmed that your unit has a sediment problem, a simple flushing might be the solution. But depending on age and other underlying issues, this might be too aggressive for your water heater — it could be time to replace it.
Faulty Parts. Whether you or a PlumbV professional determine which parts needs to be replaced, exchanging an old part for a new part is a relatively easy fix and part of regular maintenance.
Electric or Gas Supply. Before calling an expert, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped or a pilot light hasn’t gone out. This is a simple check that could save you a lot of frustration and time. But if your inspection reveals that something is definitely out of line, PlumbV is ready to help.
Bacteria. Foul-smelling water could be a sign of bacterial contamination and will likely require a thorough internal cleanse of the water heater’s tank. This could be a messy DIY project, or something you leave to a plumbing expert. You’ll also want to try and pin down the source of contamination, which could lead you to investigate blackflow issues in your water system.
Old Pipes. Low pressure could be a sign of sediment, calcium deposits, and rust buildup in fixtures and pipes, but it could also point to the need to update old, narrow supply lines. PlumbV professionals can easily update pipes to wider, more modern fittings which will naturally allow more hot water to reach the desired end point.
Water Heater Options
Now that you’ve determined what the issue is with your current water heater, you could be in the market for a new unit. At PlumbV, we’re determined to help you pick the best water heater for your specific needs. There are three types that we recommend:
Tank. The most common style on the market, tank water heaters utilize a storage tank to maintain a readily available hot water supply.
Tankless. Instead of storing hot water, tankless water heaters use gas or electric coils to heat water on demand. When not in use, they shut off.
There are pros and cons to each model, and we only recommend and install units that will help to conserve both water and energy. Working with a PlumbV professional you can find the best water heater for your family’s needs. And regardless of which type you decide on, the investment is worth taking care of. Yearly maintenance done by a licensed plumber is the best way to ensure that your water heater will last for years to come.
Trust Your Local Plumbing Experts
Whether you’re in need of updating parts and repair, or an entirely new water heater, PlumbV can get hot water flowing again. From easy fixes to complex diagnoses — we can handle it all. We are also conscious of how inconvenient a broken water heater is and will do everything possible to get your home back to normal.
At PlumbV we’ve built a strong reputation as the Triangle region’s go-to for emergency plumbing services, repairs, and installations. We stock high-quality yet affordable parts that are tried and tested. So if you are in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or Cary area and are in need of service on your water heater, look no further. Give us a call at (919)932-8890 or send us a message and we’ll be happy to discuss your plumbing needs.