In many cases, a hot water heater doesn’t altogether stop functioning without first exhibiting some signs that all is not well. These signs might suggest that you need repairs, but if the unit is aging and nearing the end of its span, you may need water heater replacement. In any case, when you notice that something isn’t quite right with your water heater, you should contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach. We can send a plumber to your Conway, SC, home to inspect your water heater. It may need a simple repair, a replacement part, or water heater replacement, but we can provide you with the information you need to make a decision about how to proceed. The following are a few of the warning signs that could suggest that your hot water heater is about to fail.
As appliances go, hot water heaters operate quietly. Unlike washing machines or dishwashers, your water heater goes about its business without much notice, so if you begin to hear sounds coming from it, you should be concerned. Often, a rumbling sound indicates that there is a sediment problem. Sediment is typically caused by hard water; over time, it builds up. As your tank fills up, the sediment may be shifted around the tank, which can cause a rumbling sound to occur.
Rumbling isn’t the only strange noise that a water heater might produce though. Various water heater issues might cause the water heater to produce a hissing, screeching, or hammering sound. Even though some of these noises can be quite disturbing, they don’t always indicate the necessity for water heater replacement, which is the good news. However, it’s important to let a plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach visit your home to inspect the unit. We can let you know what’s causing the noise and if it can be easily repaired or if water heater replacement is the more preferable solution depending on your water heater’s age and overall condition.
Less Hot Water or No Hot Water at All
Experiencing reduced hot water or not getting any hot water at all is a disconcerting experience, especially when you’re showering. These signs also point to unmistakable problems with your water heater. While sediment accumulation is one of the most common reasons for these issues, it’s not the only one. Hard water can cause sediment to build up and cause your appliance to malfunction. On the other hand, you may first want to check to make sure that a breaker isn’t tripped. If it hasn’t, you should contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach so we can send a plumber to inspect your hot water heater.
The tank might stop producing hot water because the pilot light has gone out or the thermostat has stopped working. The unit could have mechanical failures or a failing part that’s affecting its operation. In such instances, water heater replacement may be an option, but often the unit can be repaired, especially if the problem is simply caused by loose parts which need adjusting. Never assume that the problem is minor, however. There could also be a problem with the temperature and pressure relief valve. That’s why it’s best to invite a trained plumber to your Conway, SC, home to diagnose the issue.
If your water heater begins to produce cloudy water or rusty water, it might be on its way out. Cloudy water is caused by mineral deposits and sediment. Sediment accumulation can cause parts to fail. Rusty water is often caused by rusty parts. Rust is a bad sign and is often an alert that you’ll be needing water heater replacement. This might be a good time to begin shopping for deals on a new appliance.
Water Puddling Around the Tank
If you notice that water is pooling around or underneath your hot water heater tank, it might be time for water heater replacement. This is a telltale issue that the tank is failing. Often, this indicates that there is a crack in the tank; it could also indicate a plumbing leak, however. The best course of action is to contact an experienced plumber from our team. We can carefully inspect your hot water tank and let you know what’s causing the water to puddle around it. If the problem suggests that you need a water heater replacement, we’ll let you know.
If you have a broken valve, the tank may need replacement. In some cases, the valve might only be stuck. A trained plumber can check the valve to determine the problem. Although you might simply want to replace a valve if it’s broken, you should consider the age of your water heater. Once elements begin to break, it may be less costly to replace the appliance.
We Handle Water Heater Repair & Replacement
If your hot water heater has reached the end of its span, we can install a new one for you. It’s essential that these appliances be installed carefully and properly to ensure that they will function–and operate safely. Not sure what type of unit to purchase? Our plumbers can discuss your options with you. Once you select your new unit, we can remove the old one and replace it with your brand new tank.
A hot water heater is an appliance that most people depend on every day. So, if it begins to malfunction, you need to contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach so we can inspect it. Water heater replacement is a common service that we offer our Conway, SC, customers. If your unit is beyond repair or you simply want to retire it in favor of a new and dependable appliance, you can rely on us for help. Call us at the first sign your water heater is showing signs of a problem.