One of the most widely used appliances in your home is your hot water heater. From washing your hands to running a load of laundry, having warm water available all the time tends to be something we take for granted.
So when your water heater has problems, it can make a significant impact on the whole household. Here are some things to watch out for.
- Not enough hot water.
- Water that’s too hot or too cold.
- Smelly water.
- The tank makes noises.
- A leaking tank.
If you encounter a problem, the first thing to try is flushing out the tank. Drain the hot water out of the holding tank. After the hot water is drained, close the tank drain and open the cold water intake valve. Fill the tank with cold water, then drain. This will flush out sediment, and can eliminate many water heaters problems.
Keep in mind while this process is fairly straight forward, it can be messy. Be careful when draining the hot water, as it is easy to get scalded in the process. Also be aware of where the water will drain, as a water heater holds up to 60 gallons of water. The last thing you want to do is flood your room or basement. Your local plumber has experience in dealing with all aspects of water heater repair and replacement, and will prevent unnecessary leaks and breakage.
If your water heater has a leaking tank, its time for replacement. There are no fixes for a leaking tank. Leaving a leaking tank unattended can put you at risk of flooding if the tank gives out completely. Contact your local plumber to find the right water heater for your home, and replace quickly.