You turn on the hot water, but the water comes out ice cold, stains your basin, and tastes metallic. Your water heater might be failing—worse yet, if the tank is bad or the relief valve is broken, the heater might be a ticking time bomb which can explode, harming your family and your home. Learn to spot signs of trouble like lack of hot water, noisy or knocking heaters, and leaking tanks, and then schedule an inspection and service visit with an Angel Water professional today!
Your hot water is ice cold, it’s staining your basins and tastes metallic. You’re rightfully worried that your water heater is no longer heating your water. When was the last time you looked at your water heater? When was it professionally inspected last? Are the valves looking worn, sometimes a bad tank with a broken or worn relief valve is a catastrophic explosion waiting to happen, threatening the safety of your family and your home.
In most homes, a traditional water heater lasts (approximately) 7 to 10 years before needing replacement. Internal parts corrode over time, buildup of minerals from hard water encases internal parts leading to the loss of performance over time and replacement is inevitable. It is possible however, to increase the lifespan of your hot water heater by having your water heater flushed regularly. USE EXTREME CAUTION, electing to flush your hot water system yourself can lead to serious burns as this water has not been mixed with cold water.
The lack of hot water or hot water volume is one of the most prevalent symptoms of a failing water heater. however, noisy or knocking water heaters, a malfunctioning pressure valve and leaking tanks are also telltale signs that point to a failing water heater and that it may be time to consider the purchase of a new one before yours fails completely.
Water fed to a home is naturally “hard” water (containing high proportion of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium) once heated, these minerals begin to separate and settle to the bottom of the water tank creating a layer of sediment which acts as an insulator preventing heat from reaching your water. This causes your heater’s burner to work harder, run longer and eventually fail.
This sediment does more than prevent your water heater from successfully heating your homes water, it can crack or pop from the constant fluctuations in temperature as it is continually being heated. Listen for strange knocking or popping sounds as these are typically attributed to failing water heaters. Having your hot water tank flushed annually can help to minimize the buildup, save your burner and extend the life of your water heater.
Getting your water heater professionally inspected not only keeps your costs down, it goes a long way to prevent unnecessary risk to your family and your home! Get your hot water heater professionally serviced every year.
If you’re in need of help the Angel Water Family is here to serve yours. Don’t delay, contact us and schedule your inspection today!