Signs your Water Heater Needs a Tune Up
One of the worst nightmares for homeowners is a water heater that is not working. There can be considerable damage to your home such as subfloor decay, mold or mildew, loss of drywall, permanent stained walls, carpet damage and even fire or toxic fumes from a water heater that is not properly installed or maintained. Even a slow and small leak can cause considerable destruction to your home.
All water heaters should be checked regularly for any leakage. Inspect the valves, pipe connections and underneath the component. As well, test the pressure relief valve once a year to make sure it is functioning properly. Pull or push down on the valve handle. If hot water comes out of the overflow pipe then it is working correctly. Take extra caution because the water is very hot and may burn you.
Sediment also needs to be removed. Depending on the model, it needs to be done every one to three years. Flushing your water heater will not only extend the life of the heater but it will help it run more efficiently. To remove sediment from your water heater either research on how to flush the system or hire a professional to do the job.
There are certain things to look for when your water heater needs a tune up. Leaking is one of the first signs of malfunction. Water dripping from the pressure relief valve is not uncommon. But it is best to call a professional if there is a trail of water on the floor by the water heater. Another indicator is little or no hot water. Your tank has two elements that heat the water. If an element is weak or out of order then it will not heat your water at all. Additionally, rusty colored water is a sign that your tank needs flushed. If sediment is allowed to build it will damage your water heater permanently.
Unfortunately homeowners are not always aware that their water heater is malfunctioning until it is too late. Oftentimes there may be a leak that is not visually noticeable. However, the majority of water heater issues can be avoided with proper maintenance. In addition, finding and repairing the problem as quickly as possible will save you a lot of money, time and irritation.
Is the water heater in your South Windsor home in need of repairs? Call The Water Heater Medic at (860) 896-3342 and get started today!