The water heater in your Myrtle Beach, SC home is technically an appliance, but it is also essential to your plumbing system. When clean treated water comes into your home, it will be cold, and the water then goes to the water heater where it is heated and stored, so you have hot water when you need it.
You rely on hot water for many daily tasks, such as showering, cooking, and cleaning. In addition, your washing machine and dishwasher need hot water to function at peak performance. If your water heater isn’t working correctly, you can’t perform most tasks until the unit is fixed.
If your water heater experiences any of the following issues, it’s best to call a professional in water heater repair immediately. The longer you wait to make the call, the more damage can occur.
#1 You Have No Hot Water
A lack of hot water is the most obvious sign it’s time to call a plumber specializing in water heaters. Before making the call, you should check the fuel source. If you have an electric water heater, make sure a circuit hasn’t tripped, and the unit has power. If you have an oil or propane unit, make sure there is oil or propane in the tank. Finally, if your water heater runs on natural gas, make sure your gas bills have been paid to ensure the service hasn’t been disconnected and check with a neighbor or the gas company to rule out a widespread outage.
If everything checks out on your end, it’s time to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. The most common cause of this problem is a failed heating element. If the heating element isn’t working, it can’t heat the water, and the water coming from the hot water tap will be cold.
If your unit is over ten years old, it may have reached the end of its lifespan and can no longer do its job, and you will need to replace your water heater.
#2 You Frequently Run Out of Hot Water
If you are last in line for the shower and your washing machine or dishwasher is running, it isn’t uncommon to run out of hot water. If someone new recently moved into your Myrtle Beach, SC home, your existing water heater may not be large enough to meet your family’s hot water demand. You can either install a larger water heater or a tankless model that provides hot water on demand to solve the problem.
If your household situation hasn’t changed, you should call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. As your water heater gets older, sediment can form inside the tank. When large pieces of sediment form, it can reduce the amount of space available for hot water storage, causing you to run out of hot water frequently.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair can try to flush the sediment from the tank; however, if they can’t, you will need to replace the water heater.
#3 The Water Isn’t Hot Enough
If the water coming from the faucets and showerheads doesn’t get hotter than lukewarm, regardless of how long you let it run, you may need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. First, check the thermostat setting. It should be set to 120 to 140 degrees, which is hot enough for your hot water-based appliances to function correctly and eliminate the risk of someone being scalded by the hot water. If the thermostat is set too low, adjusting it will help. If the thermostat is set correctly, it’s time to call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. A few issues can cause this problem:
- The unit’s thermostat is faulty.
- The heating element begins to fail and can no longer heat the water to the desired temperature.
- The unit is nearing its lifespan and can no longer function efficiently.
A plumber can inspect the unit to find the cause of the problem so it can be resolved.
#4 Strange Sounds
The water heater in your Myrtle Beach, SC home should be whisper quiet. If you hear strange sounds coming from the unit, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair.
A banging sound indicates large pieces of sediment in the tank that bangs against the sides. If you ignore the problem, the sediment can crack the water tank, causing 50+ gallons of water to flood your home.
A popping sound is due to sediment at the bottom of the tank. When water gets trapped underneath, it will boil, causing the popping sound.
A plumber specializing in water heaters can try to flush the sediment from the tank. If this is impossible, you will need to replace the water heater.
#5 Moisture or Leaks
The area around the water heater in your home should be dry. If there is moisture on the walls or floor around the unit, there is likely a broken or disconnected hose. Luckily, this is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward fix.
Water pooling around the unit indicates a leak and requires an appointment for emergency water heater repair. In most cases, cracks and leaks cannot be repaired, and you will need to replace the water heater.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach?
If you need to schedule a plumbing service appointment, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach. We are a full-service plumbing company serving customers in the area for years.
Our team of plumbers is highly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled at their craft. They are also required to take continuing education courses and attend seminars to ensure they can install, maintain and repair the latest water heater models.
We understand how important your plumbing system is to your daily life, so we provide emergency service. If you have a plumbing issue that can’t wait, we will get a plumber to your home as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.
We are a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We also have a 5-star rating on Google, and in 2021, we won Home Advisor’s Best Of award.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us a call or book online at https://benjaminfranklinmb.com/