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How to Tell if your Hot Water Tank Needs Repairing

August 25, 2021
By:
 Santana Bros Plumbing
Plumber inspecting a hot water tank

Your hot water tank works around the clock and day in and day out, and when you step into an unexpectedly cold shower, you truly get to appreciate this even more. Water heaters are an important part of your home and typically need to be replaced every 8-12 years. However, you can prolong the lifespan of your water heater by scheduling regular maintenance. Here are some signs your heater could be due.

Unpredictable or Low Temperature

If you start noticing fluctuating water temperatures, this could be your water heater sending you a message that it's time to start thinking about replacing it. A common reason why the temperature fluctuates is the accumulation of minerals in the tank, especially in areas with hard water, like Texas. 

Using a water softener and scheduling regular maintenance of your unit can help to extend the lifespan. Contact us to schedule an appointment. 

 Running Out of Hot Water Quickly

A water heater is designed to keep gallons of water hot inside, ensuring you have hot water when you want it. If you are running out of hot water faster than usual, or if the water is taking longer to heat up, that is often a telltale sign that your tank should be inspected or it is nearing the end of its life.

Discolored Water

When your water is no longer clear, this is typically a sign of mineral deposits in the system. But if you see rust deposits or notice a metallic odor, this could mean rusty pipes or rust is eating away inside your pipes. This can pose a serious health hazard and should be addressed immediately. 

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Unusual Sounds

Most water heaters make sounds, usually a hum or buzz sound, especially as they age, which is perfectly normal. If your heater is making louder sounds like banging or popping, this should be a cause for concern. Typically loud noises are caused by mineral deposits collecting inside the tank and heating elements. Too much noise can wear on the structure and eventually lead to your heater leaking.

Leaks

It's no surprise that if your water heater is leaking, it's most likely time to get it repaired or replaced. When your heater starts to leak, this causes water to pool beneath it and weakens the unit’s structural integrity. Leaks should be addressed as soon as they are found to avoid long-term damage to your home or tank. 

Looking for reliable plumbers? We are family-owned and experienced in water heater repair and replacement. Give us a call at (713) 547-4597 or fill out our contact form to get a quote or request service.

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