A deteriorating water heater does not seem like a big deal until you must take an ice-cold shower. Besides this, a water heater that needs repair or service is probably not running as efficient as it should be and is therefore costing you more money to operate.
Water heater repair/maintenance is important. Here are some signs you should look out for in a malfunctioning water heater.
Irregular Water Temperatures
Do you notice that sometimes your water comes out as hot as you need it yet other times it comes out lukewarm or even cold? Fluctuating water temperatures is a good indication that something is wrong with your heater.
Ask a professional to come and have a look at what the issue could be.
What causes the water heater to lose heat? The most common reason behind this issue is the accumulation of mineral deposits. Mineral deposits build up over time and cover your water heating elements keeping them from working as needed.
When only the water elements are faulty you can have them repaired or replaced instead of buying another whole new water heating system.
Discolouration of Water
It goes without saying that the only water that comes out of your tap should be clear & colourless. It may seem hazy sometimes due to high pressure but should turn colourless once the pressure is even.
If you notice that the water coming out of your taps is brownish, rusty or has some little dark particles, your water heater maybe to blame.
Ask a qualified, water heater professional, to come clean the hot water tank and provide an inspection and service.
You Run Out of Hot Water
The water heater is designed to keep your water hot and ready for use throughout. There are various types and styles of water heaters and ways in which they heat the water. If you are finding your hot water is running out to soon or just not enough hot water available for your needs, there could be a variety of determining factors. Water heater is undersized for your home needs, water heater has a build up of calcium causing the shortage, not properly set up or running efficient or possible service issue. No matter what the situation, one of our qualified technicians will be able to properly troubleshoot the issue and provide you with a best-case resolution.
Signs of Corrosion
Often, corrosion on your water heater means that you should get a new unit installed. You can tell that your water heater has corrosion or rust if it shows on the outside, or if your water is discoloured and brown.
But what happens if the problem is only partial?
Some people make it work by having the heat exchanger and other rusty parts replaced. But this is only a temporary solution that gives you time to raise the money needed to purchase another heater.
An average water heater life expectancy is 8 – 12 years. Regular maintenance and service is crucial to extending the life of a hot water heater. You can expect to get another 5 – 10 years of good usable life from a properly maintained and regularly serviced water heater.
Don’t wait to tackle water heater repairs and maintenance. Call your local HVAC professionals at Joe’s Heating & Air Conditioning today at (905) 434-6788. We offer 24 hour, 7 days a week repair services to the Durham region of Ontario, including Oshawa, Whitby, Brooklin, Port Perry, Ajax, Bowmanville, and surrounding areas.