Usually when your water heater has problems the whole unit needs to be replaced, but a smaller less expensive repair might be able to fix the problem with the help of a local Gilbert plumber. After about 10 years or so a water heater will need to be replaced by a Gilbert plumber, but some higher quality models may last longer. You can call you water heater’s manufacturer to determine the average lifespan of the particular model that you have.
Water Heater Leaks
A water heater leak is a common problem and can be a sign that it needs to be replaced. Smaller leaks can normally be fixed by a Gilbert plumber. Major leaks can cause damage to flooring and will need often require the full water heater to be replaced. Major leaks should be fixed as soon as possible by a Gilbert plumber to avoid water damage to the home, and the urgency of the repair depends on the location of the water heater.
Flushing a Hot Water Heater
If the home’s hot water smells like rust or sulfur (more common in homes with well water), the water heater may need to be flushed out by a Gilbert plumber or replaced. A rusty smell is a sign of corrosion in the water heater, and corrosion likely a sign that it needs to be replaced. If there is corrosion, a Gilbert plumber can determine whether or not the water heater needs to be replaced or if there is a problem is somewhere else in the plumbing. Cloudy water is a sign that there are mineral deposits in the water heater, which may require the full water heater to replaced.
Water Heater Pressure
If your hot water pressure is low and the availability of hot water changes often, then it might be due to the problems in the water heater. There are many reasons why hot water pressure might be low, and a Gilbert plumber can determine the exact cause. Usually when it takes a longer time than normal for hot water to be available it is a sign that the water heater is no longer functioning properly.
Water Heater Noises
If the water heater is making noises like rattling, knocking, or gurgling it might be a sign that it is going bad. The noises alone might not be a sign that it needs to be replaced by a Gilbert plumber, but if the noises are in combination with other problems like low hot water output and leaking, then it might be time to call a Gilbert plumber to inspect it. No matter what problems you have with your water heater, it doesn’t hurt to have a local Gilbert plumber stop by to have a look when you suspect a problem.