You use hot water in the summer more than you realize. While cold showers are the norm for some of us living in Las Vegas during the warmer months, you still need hot water for appliances and washing dishes, among others. It’s essential to keep your water heater in good shape year-round. A failing water heater can lead to leaks or bursting, which can be infinitely more costly than a simple repair. Read on to learn more about the early signs of having a bad water heater and what you can do about it.
Signs You May Have a Bad Water Heater
The good thing is your water heater will tell you when there’s an issue. The bad news is these calls might not be very obvious. Some, like a lack of hot water, are self-explanatory. Others may not be so easy to discern.
Lack of Hot Water
A lack of hot water is usually the most noticeable indicator your water heater is going out. It could be that your pilot light needs to be relit, or it could mean your water heater has reached its end. Contact a professional plumber to have them assess what exactly is causing a lack of hot water.
Leaking Water Heater
Plumbing should never leak. If any piece of plumbing starts leaking, it’s terrible news. Leaks in a water heater usually happen from corrosion or cracking. Excessive heat, such as a water heater stored in the sun during a Las Vegas summer, can cause it to break. Decay can come from filtering too much hard water in and out. If either of these happens and causes a leak, consider replacing your water heater entirely.
Rusty water isn’t safe to drink, and you probably shouldn’t bathe in either. Rust is a natural byproduct of corroding steel. As water stands inside your water heater, it slowly eats away at the steel. This slow breakdown results in rust. If you find your pipes spitting out red-colored water, it’s best to call a professional immediately. The cause may be your water heater or your pipes themselves.
Your water heater ideally should make no noise at all. A well-functioning heater without any sediment buildup will allow water to pass through it smoothly. When sediment found in the water is allowed to build up over time, it can impede water flow. When the water isn’t able to flow, your water heater may groan or creak. If you hear these noises coming from your water heater, it’s time to call a plumber!
What You Can Do About a Bad Water Heater
If you notice any of the above signs, you may have a bad water heater; the best thing to do is call a plumber. Any leaks should be considered an emergency, but a standard maintenance call may handle the other signs. The usual process a professional plumber will take is to assess the situation first. Once they’re aware of the root cause, they can determine whether or not you need a repair or replacement. Water heaters only live about a decade on average, with life spans shortened by lack of maintenance. It would help if you flushed them at least once a year to prevent sediment buildup and ensure nothing gets missed. If your water heater is nearing the end of its life, your plumber can recommend a replacement option that will work for your needs.
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