How to Detect Problems in Your Water Heater
Water heaters are a large investment for most homeowners to make, which is why it is important to get the most use out of your water heater. To ensure that it can work optimally and continue to meet your needs over time, it is important to be aware of any problems and have them repaired in a timely manner. There are a number of simple steps you can take to help detect water heater issues quickly, before they become any worse:
- Check the date of the water heater - The first four numbers of your water heater’s serial number are the month and year it was manufactured. If your water heater is more than 15 years old, then it is time to invest in a replacement.
- Check that everything looks good - Check that the pilot light is lit for a gas water heater or check that the circuit breaker has not been tripped on your electric water heater to ensure that everything is working properly.
- Check for rusting or leaking - If the water heater tank is having either of these problems, this is never a good sign.
- Note any odd smells - Many homeowners report smelling rotten eggs when there is a problem. If your water heater or hot water has any odd smells, don’t wait to call a plumber.
- Note any funny noises - If you hear banging or other funny noises coming from your water heater, there is likely a problem.
- Pay attention to your utility bills - If your gas or electric bill has increased, your water heater can be the cause of the problem.
- Know your needs - If your water heater is not providing the amount of hot water you need or if the hot water supply doesn’t seem to last as long, then your water heater is likely in need of a repair or should be replaced.
- Request a free estimate - Many professional plumbing companies offer free estimates, where they can provide you with the information you need upfront. They can detect a problem or signs of pending problems to help improve your water heater’s efficiency and reduce costs on future repair needs. Call your local Roto-Rooter plumber to request a free estimate.
Keeping your water heater well maintained over time can help to reduce the need for future repairs. If your water heater is on the fritz, leave the work to a skilled professional.