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Every appliance in your Sugar Land, TX home is designed to make your life easy and more convenient. You can live without certain appliances, such as your washing machine and dishwasher; however, you cannot live without some appliances, including your water heater.
The water heater heats the water and keeps it warmed in the tank, so you will always have hot water when you need it. If your water heater isn’t functioning correctly, you may not have hot water, or the hot water won’t be safe for use. In addition, some water heater issues can put your home at risk.
If the water heater in your home is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to schedule an appointment for water heater repair right away.
#1 No Hot Water
Cold water running through the hot water tap is the most obvious sign you need to call a professional in water heater repair. This problem may not have anything to do with your water heater; therefore, you should check a few things before making the call.
- Electric unit: Make sure a circuit hasn’t tripped, and there is electricity going to the unit.
- Propane or oil-fueled units: Make sure there is fuel in the tank.
- Natural gas unit: Make sure your gas bills have been paid and check the gas company’s website or check with a neighbor to rule out a widespread outage.
If everything checks out on your end, it is time to call a plumber. A few issues can cause a lack of hot water, and you will need a professional in water heater repair.
The most common cause of this problem is a faulty heating element. If the heating element isn’t working, the unit won’t heat the water. The issue can also be due to an electrical problem or an issue with the fuel source. The sooner you call a plumber, the sooner you will have hot water.
#2 Lukewarm Water
Is the hot water coming from the taps in your home not getting hot enough? If so, check the setting on the thermostat. The EPA recommends you keep the thermostat set to 120 to 140 degrees to prevent scalding. If the thermostat is set too low, turning it up should solve the problem. You should also consider the temperature outside. If it is freezing outside, the water coming into your Sugar Land, TX home will be very cold, and your water heater may not be able to heat to the desired temperature.
If the thermostat is set correctly and it isn’t freezing outside, it is time to call a professional in water heaters.
If one of the heating elements has failed, the functional heating element won’t have enough power to heat the water to the desired temperature. If your unit is over ten years old, it may be nearing the end of its lifespan and is no longer working as efficiently as it should.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair can figure out why the water isn’t getting hot enough so the problem can be resolved.
#3 Discolored Hot Water
The hot water coming from the taps in your home should be clean and clear. Yellow or brownish water indicates an issue with the water heater and will require emergency water heater repair.
Over time, sediment can build up in the water tank. The hot water in the tank can cause the sediment to break apart, contaminating the hot water.
If your unit is over ten years old, the inside of the water heater could be failing, and metal, mineral deposits, and sediment can be contaminating your water.
It is unsafe to use contaminated water; therefore, it is best to call a water heater specialist right away.
#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure
You need adequate water pressure to perform simple daily tasks like washing your hair and rinsing a dish. Your hot water-based appliances also rely on sufficient water pressure to function at peak performance. If the water pressure in your Sugar Land, TX home is suddenly poor, it is best to schedule an appointment for a repair right away. When sludge builds up at the bottom of the water tank, it can clog the waterline, resulting in poor hot water pressure.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair can clear the waterline and try to flush the sludge. If the plumber cannot flush the sludge from the water tank, you will need to replace your water heater to prevent the problem from recurring.
#5 Unusual Sounds
Your water heater should be whisper quiet. If it starts making unusual sounds, you should call a water heater expert right away.
A banging sound signifies large pieces of sediment in the tank that bang against the sides. A plumber can try to flush the sediment; however, you will need to replace your water heater if it cannot be flushed. Continued use can result in the sediment cracking the water tank, causing 50+ gallons of water to flood your home.
A popping sound also signifies sediment in the tank. When hot water gets trapped underneath, it will start to boil, creating a popping sound.
It is best to call a plumber specializing in water heater repair when the unit starts making unusual noises.
#6 Moisture or Leaks Around the Unit
The area around your water heater should always be dry. Moisture or water pooling around the unit are serious issues and require an emergency water repair appointment.
If the walls and the floor around the water heater are damp, a hose is likely to loose, cracked, or be disconnected. Although this is easy to fix, ignoring the problem can cause water damage and mold growth around the unit.
Water pooling signifies a leak in the water tank, causing 50+ gallons of water to flood your home.
Any sign of water or moisture in the area will require a call to an emergency plumber.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of West Houston?
If your water heater is acting up and you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, call bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of West Houston. We are a full-service plumbing company serving residential and commercial customers.
Our plumbers are professionally trained, highly skilled, and experienced, and can handle any job, whether complex or straightforward.
If you have a plumbing issue that needs immediate attention, we provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other service, give us a call today.