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4 Signs of Permanent Water Heater Trouble

inspecting-water-heaterThe water heater is a vital part of the home, supplying hot water to your appliances. It’s required to clean the clothes and the dishes. Showering in ice-cold water is said to have some nice benefits, but it’s certainly not something that most people like to do by choice. If you’re having trouble summoning heated water from your pipes, it’s likely that your water heater is on the way out.

Below, we’ve listed four potential signs of water heater trouble. If you’re experiencing any of them, it could mean that the end of your water heater is in sight.

No Hot Water

A lack of warm water doesn’t immediately mean it’s time to replace your water heater. First, you’ll want to consider other factors, such as:

  • The age of the water heater. 10 to 15 years is the average lifespan for a water heater, so anything between or above this range could be susceptible to age-related issues.
  • The pilot light is out. Relight it according to the directions on the water heater label. If the pilot light isn’t relighting, this might be the underlying cause of the issue.
  • The circuit breaker has tripped. A tripping circuit breaker is a good sign in that you’ve probably avoided shorting an electrical appliance, but the reason for it must be inspected by a professional so that it doesn’t happen again.

If none of these issues are to blame for your lack of hot water, then it might be time to call for water heater repair in Naples, FL.

It’s Leaking

We hate to be the ones to tell you, but a water heater leak means the end for your water heater. When you get a leak in your plumbing system, you simply have to replace the affected pipes. Unfortunately, a leak in the water heater also means replacement, but at a much larger scale than a single pipe.

If you inspect your water heater to find water leaking around it, you’ll first want to make sure it’s not simply a leak coming from the fitting or any of the connections. If none of these components are causing the problem, it’s likely that you’ll need to call in for the opinion of a professional.

Rusty Water

It’s the last thing you’d ever want to see coming out of your faucet, but if you turn on the hot water and find rust in the water, it could mean that your water heater is on the verge of breaking. This is due to the fact that there could be rust inside your water tank. Continued use of a rusty water heater will eventually lead to leaks.

Sediment Buildup

Your water heater will gradually build up sediment at the bottom of the tank. If the tank hasn’t been flushed, this buildup can become severe enough to form a significant layer. This layer will prevent the water from being heated properly and possibly create hot spots underneath the sediment. With enough abuse, these hot spots can lead to the formation of leaks.

Is it time to say goodbye to your water heater? We can help. Contact Bruno Total Home Performance today!

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