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Every appliance in your Bloomington, IL home is designed to make your life more convenient. Although each of your appliances is essential, there are some that you can live without. For example, if your dishwasher breaks down, you can wash your dishes by hand. If your washing machine or dryer breaks, you can go to the laundromat. Your water heater is an appliance that you cannot live without. Without it, you won’t be able to take a hot shower, clean your home, and your water-based appliances won’t function properly. Because your water heater is so essential to your daily life, you should be able to recognize the signs that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. If you can recognize the signs early, you can prevent a minor issue from becoming a major one.
#1 No Hot Water
The most obvious sign that you need to call a professional in water heater repair is if there is no hot water coming from the faucets and showerheads. Before you schedule an appointment for repair, there are a few things you should check. If you have a natural gas water heater, make sure that your bills have been paid and there is no widespread outage. If your water heater runs on oil, make sure the tank isn’t empty. For both types, make sure that the pilot light is lit. If you have an electric water heater, make sure the circuit hasn’t tripped, and there is electricity going to the water heater.
If everything checks out, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair. There could be an issue with the thermostat, or the heating element may have failed. It is best to call for a repair as soon as the problem starts.
#2 Lukewarm Water
If your hot water is coming out lukewarm, you may need to call for a repair. Before you make the call, check the thermostat setting. It is recommended that you set your thermostat to 120 degrees to prevent scalding. If the thermostat is set properly, schedule an appointment with a professional in water heater repair. The water heater has two heating elements. If one of them has failed, the water won’t reach the desired temperature. There could also be an issue with the thermostat, and the temperature setting isn’t registering.
#3 Poor Hot Water Pressure
If the water pressure in your home is poor, it can make daily household tasks difficult. Poor water pressure can also affect the way your water-based appliances function. If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, you could have a leak in the waterline, and you should call a plumber. If just the hot water pressure is poor, you should call a plumber to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Sediment can build up in the water tank and the water lines, which could be causing the problem.
#4 Reduced Hot Water Capacity
If you can barely get through a shower without running out of hot water, you may need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Before you make the call, you should think about your family’s hot water demand. If a new family member moves into the home, your hot water demand will increase. The same is true if you recently installed a water-based appliance. If this is the case, you may need to have a larger water heater installed. You can also install a tankless water heater that provides hot water on demand.
If your family’s hot water demand hasn’t increased, you should call a plumber for a repair. Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of the tank, leaving less space for hot water storage. A licensed plumber can inspect the water heater to determine if it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
#5 Discolored Hot Water
If your water is coming out with a brown tint, there is likely rust in the water. If the hot and cold water is coming out rusty, your pipes are likely corroded, requiring repiping. If just the hot water is rusty, the issue is likely with the water heater. When sediment builds up inside the tank, it can break up when the water heats up and comes out in the hot water. Because rusty water isn’t safe for use, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair immediately.
#6 Strange Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
A properly functioning water heater should make very little noise. At most, you will hear a low-level hum. If you hear a banging or clanging sound coming from the water heater, you should schedule an appointment for a repair right away.
If the sediment in the water tank breaks up into large pieces, it can bang against the inside of the tank, causing the sound. If you ignore the problem, the sediment can put a crack in the water heater, causing a catastrophic flood in your Bloomington, IL home. It is best to call for a repair as soon as you hear the noise.
#7 Water Around the Water Heater
If there is moisture around the water heater in your Bloomington, IL home, it is a major cause for concern. Moisture and pooling water can cause water damage to the area around the water heater. The moisture can also promote mold growth, creating poor air quality in your home, and it can be expensive to remove.
The issue could be a broken or disconnected hose, which should be an easy fix. The issue could also be a crack in the water heater, which is a major problem. It is best to schedule an appointment for a repair as soon as the problem begins.
Why Choose Covenant Plumbing?
If you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, don’t choose the first name that comes up during a Google search. Instead, schedule an appointment with Covenant Plumbing. We are a fully licensed and insured plumbing service that has been in business since 2006. We have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us a call today.