Nearly every home in California has a water heater of some type, and most people rely on it to provide hot water every day. A good water heater can easily last a decade or two with proper maintenance, but it’s going to develop problems sooner or later. Recognizing the signs you need water heater repair services can help reduce water waste, as well as keep you safe from any problems it could cause.
Roto-Rooter California has decades of experience providing water heater repairs, as well as other emergency plumbing services. Here are the warning signs that you have issues with your water heater.
Big Warning Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repairs
1. Unstable water temperatures
Obviously, if you turn on your hot water tap and it’s cold, there’s a problem. However, it’s easier to overlook temperature fluctuations – such as starting hot, then going tepid, then becoming hot again. This typically indicates an issue with the water heater’s thermostat, such as having a buildup of minerals from hard water.
This is a problem that will only get worse over time, so taking care of it early can save on repair costs in the long term.
2. An older water heater
Older water heaters will naturally develop issues over time. If your heater is over a decade old, it’s worth having it checked by professional plumbers because there’s probably something that needs fixing or at least tuned up. If the water heater is too old, it might even be worth considering a full replacement. Modern water heaters are much more energy efficient than models from the 20th Century and could save you money in the long run!
3. Dirty-looking or strange-tasting water
If you ever turn on your tap and the water look clouded, or rusty, that’s a very bad sign. You should first call your local water company and make sure there’s nothing wrong on their end. If not, there’s a good chance there are contaminants in your water heater.
The same is true if the water coming out tastes metallic, or moldy. Do not drink water that might be contaminated! Contact your local plumber ASAP to look into the problem.
Rooter-Rooter Can Help!
Roto-Rooter California is your partner for water heater repair services, as well as replacements. We can quickly diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. Please contact us if you ever suspect water heater problems or call us at 800-491-ROTO.