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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repair or Replacement

One appliance that is regularly relied on in a household is the water heater. Whether you’re doing dishes, showering, or running some laundry, a well-working water heater is essential to getting the job done! If your hot water doesn’t seem to be working effectively (or at all), then don’t hesitate to call in our expert and licensed staff here at Stadler Plumbing. We can help you out!

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for any signs that your water heater may be faltering. The sooner we spot issues, the better! The following indicators may mean it’s time to call us in.

Problems With Water Temperature

Most of the time, people notice water heater issues when their water won’t stay hot for long periods of time. Other signs of trouble are when your water takes ages to warm up, gets much hotter than normal, or simply doesn’t get hot at all. Basically anything unusual in regards to your water temperature is a red flag and indicates that some professional care may be necessary in the near future.

Strange Noises From The Unit

If you’ve been hearing rumbling or clanking from your water heater, that’s a clear-cut sign of trouble. Sediment builds up as your water heater ages and it hardens over time, which then causes it to bump into the sides of the unit’s interior and make a lot of noise. This is a sign that your water heater is reaching the end of its life. Once this starts to occur, it won’t operate as efficiently, and it could cause damage, as well, should the sediment cause the tank to crack or form holes.

Rusty Water/Discoloration

Turn on just the hot side of your faucet and observe the color of the water. If it is rusty or discolored, then there’s a good chance that your water heater is breaking down. When your system gets old it rusts from the inside, thus affecting the color of your water supply.

That being said, rusty water could have to do with your pipes, meaning your water heater might be just fine. In any case, discoloration is something to be concerned about and our professional team can help you determine the cause and address it.

Water Around The Appliance

Leaks are a clear sign of trouble, so be aware of water around the water heater. If a leak has occurred, your unit won’t run well, and any possessions near the water heater may get ruined, too. Water damage is a frustrating issue to deal with, so call us in at the first sign of trouble. We’ll get you where you need to be in no time!

Other Warning Signs

Other signs of water heater damage are strange odors coming from the system, problems with the pilot, or issues with the main burner. It’s also wise to note your water heater’s age. If it is over 10 years old, then you’ll likely start noticing problems soon, even if nothing is occurring yet.

Any questions? Give us a call. We’re always ready to serve!

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Spotting An Aging Water Heater

When it comes to home maintenance, it is not always easy to keep track of which appliances are due for replacement and which have more years left in them. The water heater is one that is rarely out in the open and, since they typically last for years on end, people often forget to check up on them. Ensuring that your water heater is running properly is very important for your home, and regularly servicing it will save a lot of time and money in the long run.

If you feel that you might need to upgrade your water heater, there are a few factors that you can take into consideration. Check them out below.

  • Age: Knowing the age of your water heater is important in assessing whether or not you need to replace it. If you do not know the age of your water heater, you can refer to the manual or the website of the manufacturer as far as where to check for this information and how to interpret the coding listed. If the unit is 10 years or older, then it is typically at the point where replacement will be recommended. At that point, if it has not broken down yet, it will likely do so in the near future.Aging Water Heaters - Macomb County MI - Stadler Plumbing
  • Excess Water: If you notice any water surrounding your water heater, then that may be a sign that a leak or other damage has occurred. You will want to ensure that it is coming from the tank and not from any surrounding pipes, so having a professional come in and do an inspection would be a good option. If the water heater itself is damaged, then replacing it may be your best option.
  • Unusual Noise: If you notice clanking or rumbling noises coming from your water heater, an assessment may be in order to ensure that things are running efficiently. There are a number of reasons why things may be malfunctioning and a new water heater may be the best solution.

Installing a water heater takes a lot of time, patience, and technical knowledge. Proper installation is essential in ensuring that everything is running as efficiently as possible. Also, special tools are often required for this process and being able to lift and maneuver the unit is a must. Like any appliance, water heaters have specialized codes and regulations as far as installing them and disposing of your old one, so being knowledgeable on these is vital. Due to all of these factors, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to do this work for you. Not only will it ensure that your unit is running properly, but will keep you and your family safe, as well.

At Stadler Plumbing, we have the tools and expertise necessary to get your new unit installed and we are always willing to help, as far as regular upkeep. Give us a call or stop on by today!

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