A broken water heater is an issue in any household. When it is down, it means little to no hot water throughout the home, making cleaning or showering next to impossible. There are solutions for getting your water heater running efficiently again, but diagnosing the initial problem is important in knowing which direction to take.
Leaks, irregular noises, and rusty water are just a few signs that something is going wrong. If any of these problems start to arise, it is wise to call in a professional to get an assessment done. Ask yourself the following questions if you start noticing potential issues.
How Old Is My Water Heater?
The typical lifespan of a water heater is about 10 to 15 years. When it comes to making any repairs, it is often times smarter to replace an old water heater than fix it. Once a certain age is reached, investing in a new water heater will end up being cheaper than making multiple repairs on an old one.
Let your service professional know how long you have had your water heater and whether or not it has proved reliable throughout the years. They will be able to make a thorough assessment as to whether or not a replacement is needed and can advise you on which direction would save you the most time and money in the long run.
Does It Need Replacement Parts?
If power is not flowing through certain parts of the water heater, the entire system will not work efficiently. Locating which parts are not working is the first step in addressing any needed repairs. Due to extensive wiring and electrical processes, testing can be complicated. If you are unfamiliar with the system, it is best to leave it to the experts. Let your provider know what has been going on and they will know what to check and where to start.
If your water heater is not that old, then it is likely that one or a few parts simply need to be replaced. If certain aspects have stopped working or burned out, then buying a replacement is a much more cost-efficient fix than replacing the entire unit.
Should I Hire A Professional?
Checking to see if certain parts of your water heater are working correctly can be dangerous if the proper steps are not taken, so calling in a professional is always the best option. Also, if installation goes wrong, you could end up creating issues that will eventually end up costing you more money in replacement and repairs. By hiring a pro right away, you can rest assured that everything is done properly and that other repairs will not be needed for some time.
At Stadler Plumbing, our professionals are trained and certified to address any needed fixes or adjustments, and we can advise you on the best plan options for your home. Do not hesitate and give us a call today!