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Your hot water heater is the most important appliance in your home. Unfortunately, they are also one of the least receptive to DIY repairs. Seemingly simple issues often belie complex problems that homeowners cannot easily or safely repair. Always leave these three water heater repairs to a professional plumbing contractor.
1. Leaks Around Your Water Heater
Many homeowners first suspect water heater problems when they see water pooling in the floor or running down the side of their heater. The bad news is, it's virtually impossible to say how bad your water heater problems are based on the presence of a leak alone.
A leaking water heater may have a problem as simple as a loose fitting. In other cases, a leak could indicate a crack or puncture in the hot water tank that compromises the entire appliance. Your plumber can easily track down the source of the leak to provide an accurate diagnosis for your water heater.
2. Corrosion on Your Water Heater
Modern water heaters have two primary defenses against rust: A glass lining on the inside of the tank, and a sacrificial anode rod that draws iron and minerals away from the tank to slow rust. Despite these advancements, no water heater is impervious to corrosion across several years of use.
As with water leaks, it can be difficult to assess the cause and severity of rust on your water heater. Visible corrosion on the outside of the tank almost always means the heater is near the end of its life. On the other hand, corrosion that is localized to a single valve or fitting can sometimes be resolved by replacing only the affected part.
3. Ruddy Hot Water
If your hot water looks ruddy and smells off, but your cold water is fine, your water heater is almost certainly responsible. The tricky part is determining whether the issue has arisen from corroded water lines, problems with your water supplier, sediment buildup inside your hot water tank, or elsewhere.
A plumbing contractor will need to flush your water heater and perform a thorough inspection to explain your water quality problems. Flushing the water heater will remove any sediment in the tank and may return your hot water to normal.
Leaks, rust, and discolored hot water are always signs that your hot water heater needs a checkup. Get in touch with a local plumbing contractor for regular water heater repair and maintenance.Share
15 November 2022