Common Problems with Water Heaters

As one of the major appliances in the home, your water heater must be taken care of if it is to work properly. There are plenty of systems out there these days, from tank and tankless to hybrid and heat pump water heaters, but they all have a single purpose: to provide you and your family with sufficient hot water. Over time, the constant production of hot water will lead to various issues with the components and materials of your water heater; eventually, you will require water heater repair, and, some day, replacement.

So what should the homeowner be aware of? Well, there are plenty of signs that your water heater is not working as it should, and many signs correspond to the same fundamental cause. Here are a few things to look out for.

  • Loud or strange noises. If you find that your water heater makes a strange or loud noise, then there is probably something wrong with it. It’s important to keep an ear out for any changes in the operation of your system, so that any such issues can be taken care of immediately. A rumbling or boiling noise could indicate a build-up of sediment, for example.
  • High energy bills. The production of hot water is one of the home’s major expenses. It’s important that you keep an eye on your energy bills so that you can catch any unexpected spikes. While it could be something else in your household that’s leading to the high energy bills, your water heater might be the culprit. A plumber can evaluate your system to check for signs of inefficiency or damage.
  • Insufficient hot water. If you find that your water heater is not providing you and your family with enough hot water, then just speak up. This can be the result of various deficiencies and it’s important that your system be professionally evaluated so that the fundamental cause can be discovered. You might just require a thorough cleaning to remove built-up sediment, or you might find that your heat exchanger just isn’t working like it used to.

Whatever the problem may be with your water heater, our plumbers can provide you with solutions. Call Tim Beil Plumbing today.