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If you are like most Myrtle Beach, SC residents, you rely on hot water for many daily tasks. Without hot water, you cannot take a shower, wash the dishes, and do housework. Also, your washing machine and dishwasher won’t function properly if you don’t have hot water. Because you rely so greatly on hot water, a broken water heater can make life in your home very inconvenient. The best way to prevent a complete water heater breakdown is to recognize the signs that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair.
#1 You’re Only Getting Cold Water From Your Faucets and Showerheads
A lack of hot water is the most obvious sign that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Because you don’t want to waste money on a service call, you should check a few things before you make the call.
- Electric water heaters: Ensure the circuit hasn’t tripped and the water heater is getting power.
- Gas oil heater: Make sure that your pilot light is lit and your gas bills are paid. You should also check with a neighbor to ensure there isn’t a widespread outage.
- Oil-water heater: Make sure that the pilot light is lit and there is oil in your tank.
If everything checks out, schedule an appointment for a repair. The heating element could be malfunctioning, which will make it impossible for the water in the tank to stay heated.
#2 The Hot Water Is Coming Out Lukewarm
If your hot water is coming out lukewarm, you may need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Before you make the call and waste your time and money, check the thermostat. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests you keep the thermostat set to 120 degrees. This is hot enough to perform daily tasks and to keep your appliances that require hot water functioning properly, but it isn’t too hot that you will be scalded. If the thermostat setting isn’t high enough, adjusting it should solve the problem. If the thermostat is set correctly, schedule an appointment for a repair.
If one of the heating elements isn’t functioning properly, there won’t be enough heat for the water in the tank to reach the desired temperature. If you want to take a hot shower, you will need to schedule an appointment with a plumber specializing in water heaters and their repairs.
#3 Foul Smelling Hot Water
If your hot water coming from the taps and showerheads in your Myrtle Beach, SC home smells like rotten eggs, it is a sure sign that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. When warm water is left in the tank for too long, it can cause sulfate bacteria to build up in the tank, creating the foul smell. Because you don’t want to bathe in smelly water, you should call a plumber specializing in water heaters immediately.
#4 Brown Hot Water
If the water coming from your faucets and taps in your Myrtle Beach, SC home is brown, there is likely rust in the water. Discolored hot and cold water signifies corroded pipes, which should be replaced immediately.
Discolored hot water signifies an issue with your water heater. Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When the water heats up, the sediment can break up and get into the hot water.
It is unsafe to use rusty water for anything, including cooking, bathing, and drinking. Because rusty water is so unsafe, it is essential that you schedule an appointment for a repair. Until the issue is fixed, it is best to boil the water when you need it.
#5 Poor Hot Water Pressure
Poor water pressure is an annoying problem. It can make simple tasks like washing your hair and washing your dishes take longer than they should. Also, your washing machine and dishwasher won’t function properly if the water pressure is inadequate. Poor hot and cold water pressure signifies a leak in the waterline, which should be repaired immediately. The leaking water is a waste and can increase your water bill. Also, the leaking water can cause water damage and promote mold growth.
If it is just the hot water pressure that is poor, you have a problem with your water heater. When sediment builds up at the bottom of the water tank, it can clog the waterline, making it difficult for the hot water to pass through. A professional in water heater repair can solve the problem, restoring your hot water flow.
#6 Banging Sounds
A properly functioning water heater shouldn’t produce more than a low-level humming sound. If you hear banging sounds coming from the appliance, you should schedule an appointment for a repair immediately.
When large pieces of sediment build up in the tank, they can bang around inside, causing a banging sound. If you don’t have it repaired immediately, the sediment can cause a crack in the water tank, resulting in a flood.
#7 Moisture Around the Water Heater
If your water heater is in the basement and it tends to flood during severe weather, you might see moisture around the water heater. However, if there is water around the water heater and you don’t have moisture issues in your basement, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair immediately.
There could be a loose or broken hose. This is an easy fix, but if you don’t have it repaired, you will have a mold issue in the area around the water heater. The issue could also be a crack in the water heater, which is a serious issue. The longer you wait to call for water heater repair, the more water will flood into your home. If there is a crack, you will need to have the unit replaced.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Myrtle Beach?
If you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, schedule an appointment with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Myrtle Beach. Our owner, Tony Zack, has been in the plumbing industry since 1995. In 2010, he branched out on his own and opened Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
We provide a variety of plumbing services, including:
- Everyday plumbing repairs
- Drain cleaning
- Water heater repair, installation, and maintenance
- Whole house piping
We understand that water heater issues and any other plumbing issue can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service, which will get your water heater up and running again quickly.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing issue, give us a call today.