When your water heater starts to go on the fritz, it can spell big trouble for your family. You may not realize just how much you rely on having hot water until it’s time to take that nice hot shower you were looking forward to. When this happens, you’ll need water heater repair Las Vegas NV or replacement. Your water heater takes a lot of use and once you think about it, it’s understandable that it would eventually start having problems especially if it isn’t properly maintained. Here are some of the signs that it’s time for your water heater to go.
The Water Isn’t Hot
If you start to notice that your water just isn’t getting as hot as it used to or that it’s just taking way too long to heat up, you might want to start looking into getting a new one. You don’t want to wait until it stops working completely to replace it as this could be very inconvenient to you and your family. Additionally, nobody wants to get stuck with that emergency plumbing bill when it could have been completed before that. Sometimes the water not heating up doesn’t require replacement or repair. It’s usually just a blown fuse or the pilot light has gone out and needs to be re-lit.
The Water Looks Rusty
If your once clear water is starting to look murky, it could be caused by a few things like rusty pipes or in some cases an old water heater. If the inside of the tank starts to rust, it’s going to get into your drinking water which isn’t pleasant. It’s important to replace your water heater rather quickly at this point as the tank could develop a severe leak and nobody wants to drink or bathe in rusty looking water.
It’s Pretty Old
Most people aren’t spending that much time thinking about their water heater unless there is a problem or if it’s time for regular maintenance. Do you remember when it was installed in your home or was it already there when you moved in? Chances are if it’s over a decade old you need to think about replacing it soon. Appliances have a lifespan and at a certain point, they just aren’t useful anymore.
If it’s leaking, you’re going to have to get it fixed. You don’t want the rust that is causing the leak to get into your family’s drinking water. If the tank breaks completely, it can cause some pretty bad flooding that can lead to even bigger problems in the long run.
It’s Making Funny Noises
If someone asked you what a water heater sounded like when it’s running, you might not have an answer. If the heating elements in the water heater start to develop a lot of mineral buildup, it may start to be louder than it should be. Cracks and pop can indicate some problems that require attention. At this point, it at least needs some big repairs.