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5 Signs That Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

Water Heater Leaking Water from bottom

We have come to expect hot water.  When we cook, shower or wash our face, we simply go to the sink, turn on the hot water and viola!  Hot water.  When the water does not get hot, then we realize how much we have taken our water heater for granted.  Today’s modern water heaters are built very well and gives us years of worry-free service but they can and will fail.  Here are 5 ways to tell that your water heater may be in need of repair or replacement.

1. Water standing around the base of the water heater.

If you have water pooling around the base of the water heater, then there is most likely a leak.  This may be in the tank or the lines coming into or out of the water heater.  Either way, you need to call Mercy Plumbing as soon as possible so that we can fix the leak before it further damages your home.  It may be a simple fix or if your water heater is old, it may need to be replaced.

2. Odd colored water from the faucets.

If you notice rusty or cloudy water coming from the hot water side of your faucets and showerhead, then you may have damage to the inside of the tank or mineral deposits.  Both situations can severely damage your water heater if not repaired.  Also, if you notice an unpleasant smell, this can also indicate that the tank is corroding or other issues.  Contact Mercy Plumbing right away.

3. Water not getting hot or fluctuating temperature.

It is obvious that if your water is not getting hot then your water heater is malfunctioning.  It could indicate that heating element on the water heater has failed which can be repaired.  There may be other, more complex problems that would require replacement.

4. Water heater making odd noises.

A water heater does make some noises when it kicks on but if you hear some noises coming from it that you do not recognize, it could be from mineral deposits building up over time causing the water heater to work harder than normal.  If this persists, you may shorten the lifespan of the water heater.  Sometimes, water heater failure leads to water leaks that can damage your home.  Have a licensed plumber from Mercy Plumbing check it out.

5. Your water heater is just old and ready for retirement.

Anything that holds water and has parts will eventually wear out.  Water heaters can last from 8 to 12 years depending on usage and regular maintenance.  If you notice the other points above as well as needing repairs more often, it may be better financially to invest in a new water heater.

Just like your car, water heaters last longer and work more efficiently when maintained properly.  Many homeowners do not like working with water heaters because they are connected to a gas line.  Contact Mercy Plumbing.  We have maintenance programs for your water heater to maximize its serviceable life as well as run efficiently.

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