3 Signs your water heater needs maintenance


Water HeaterOne of the most essential appliances in any household is the hot water heater. You will appreciate how important it is to everyday life when you can’t have a bath, shower or wash clothes and dishes. We usually take it for granted and neglect it until it breaks down on us leading to expensive repairs and often flooding. You can avoid a lot of hassle by looking for these three signs and taking corrective maintenance steps before the problem escalates.

No Hot Water-This is the most obvious sign there is a problem with your water heater. First thing to check is if the pilot light is lit if it’s a gas powered heater. Follow the instructions for relighting and if you smell gas evacuate the house and call your gas company. If it’s an electrical heater it’s likely to be a fault with one of the heating elements and you will need to call a qualified plumber to repair this.

Brown Water-If you are getting brown or discolored water when you run the hot faucet this is a strong indication that your water heater needs maintenance. The thing that is causing this discoloration is sediment that has gathered up at the bottom of your water tank. This will have to be cleaned out but to avoid causing injury to yourself or further damage to the tank it’s important that you enlist the help of a qualified professional plumber.

Leaking Tank-Worst case scenario is when the water tank starts leaking. It’s a good idea to always do a regular check to make sure there are no leaks as what begins small can easily lead to flooding and damage to your property. Check to make sure there are no signs of corrosion whenever you do a routine spot-check. When you do discover a leak it’s important to turn off the water supply and drain the tank and then contact a plumber who can provide you with professional repairs to your tank.

To sum up, a few simple water heater maintenance checks can help prevent expensive repair bills further down the road.

Is the water heater in your Vernon home in need of maintenance? Call us at (860) 896-3342 for immediate service!