Does your water heater need maintenance?
There are three main signs that a water heater needs to be seen by a professional plumber. An obvious leak could mean that a water heater needs replaced. Water that is lukewarm or takes a long time to heat could be a sign of a serious problem. Finally, a water heater that runs out of hot water very quickly could mean that hard water and lyme have built up inside the water tank leaving very little space for water. Tanked water heaters are notorious for filling up with hard water deposits after several years of use.
Any leaks coming from a water heater should be checked out by a professional. The problem could be as simple as a loose fitting or broken faucet. It could also be as bad as a broken valve, thermostat, or water heater tank. Having a professional inspect the unit and find the source of the problem is the best recommendation. Professional plumbers and contractors have the skill and expertise to diagnose and troubleshoot leaking and damaged water heaters.
Another potentially dangerous problem concerning water heaters is lack of hot water. This could range in problems with the pilot light needing relit on a gas water heater to a faulty thermostat. Damaged wires, rust, and rodent damage can all cause water heaters to work improperly or break down. A visual inspection by a professional on a yearly basis can solve these issues or catch them before the water heater needs replaced.
Finally, a water heater that works well but just does not last very long can be the sign that hard water and lyme scale have built up inside the tank. This means that the water heater may need to be replaced so that the tank has the proper amount of water capacity available. This keeps showers hotter longer and stops water from running cold in the middle of the dishes or laundry. A professional knows how to check for lyme buildup and can recommend the best course of action. They can help save money through preventative maintenance checks on a regular basis like once a year.
Is the water heater in your Orlando home in need of maintenance? Call Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning at 407-292-8881 and schedule a service call today!