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Water Heaters: When to Repair or Replace?

Say Goodbye to Water Heater Woes

A water heater attracts almost no attention until it stops working, and then it becomes the focus of concern. Everyone notices when the shower runs cold water or the dishwasher does not produce spectacularly clean dishes. When the heater starts having problems, it reminds you to get professional help before it causes unsatisfactory outcomes.

Watch for Signs of Trouble

An occasional check of your water heater lets you notice any visible signs of rust that can create a leak. Likewise, water on the surrounding floor gives you a sure sign that something has gone seriously wrong. However, other evidence of problematic performance can provide convincing evidence just as well. Fortunately, you may notice them before you have a chance to inspect your water heater visually.

Variable Water Temperature

A surprising douse of cold water from the showerhead may mean that mineral deposits surround your heater’s heating elements. In addition, inconsistent performance by the unit that produces hot water can tell you that the elements need repairing or replacing.

Defective Control Valve

Often in a room that no one uses, a water heater may produce a leak that can ruin floors, carpets, drywall and stored items. While it usually makes no noise, a steady drip of water can cause significant damage. In addition, excess water pressure or heating elements in the tank can cause the temperature and pressure valve to leak. This is a serious issue that can cause damage until a professional plumber can address it and may require a replacement instead of a repair.

Unpleasant Smell or Taste

You may detect a foul taste of the water in your home, and you may notice that it has a bad smell as well. The water quality alerts you to the need for the attention of a licensed plumber.

Unexpected Noises

When you expect silence at the end of a long day, you may hear a popping sound or a high-pitched whine. A water heater may need nothing more than a flush to clear a buildup of mineral deposits. When it makes the appliance overheat to keep up with the demand for hot water, noises may occur.

Rusty Water in the Tap

One thing that you hope never to see when you brush your teeth is rusty water coming from the tap. That can certainly give an unpleasant start to your day. Rust frequently occurs in aging water heaters. So when you open a faucet and rusty water appears, you probably need to replace your water heater.

Choosing a Long-term Solution

As a water heater nears the end of its productive life span, it may continue to work with occasional repairs. However, its repeated failure to provide a reliable source of hot water may lead you in another direction. Replacing an older, traditional-style heater with a tankless system may remove any concerns about having enough hot water.

Avoiding Inefficiencies

When you have a traditional water heater, you get used to waiting for hot water to reach the tap. Every shower starts with letting the cold water go down the drain until you can stand to get under the showerhead. A tankless water heater can produce a steady supply of hot water without delay, preventing the waste of precious water and giving you a lovely, warm bath.

Removing the Risk of Leaks

A tankless system does not have the component that makes traditional water heaters defective. For example, leaks occur in tanks where mineral deposits create problems, but the condition does not exist without a tank.

Choosing a Lasting Solution

At Rooter & Plumbing Masters, we understand your need to avoid any interruption to your hot water supply. Call us at (323) 902-3098 for same-day service in the Covina and Placentia areas for an immediate solution to any water heater issue.