You should contact an experienced plumber at the first indication that you need
water heater repair. Without regular maintenance, your hot water heater is not likely to last
as long as it could otherwise. Here are some warning signs that your hot
water heater is about to fail.
It Distributes Rusty Water
If the water coming out of your taps is brown, yellowish, or rust-colored,
the interior of your hot water heater might be rusted or corroded. Once
your hot water heater becomes corroded, it will develop small holes and
cracks and begin leaking. Water heater leaks can significantly increase
your water, gas, or electric bills. A plumber who specializes in leak
detection and water heater repair may be able to salvage your water heater.
It Makes Strange Noises
It’s normal for hot water heaters to make a bubbling or gurgling
noise as water flows into the tank and is heated. If your water heater
is making loud banging or rumbling sounds, it may be in need of water
heater repair. As water heaters age, they develop sediment on the bottom
of the tank. This sediment hardens, interfering with the efficiency of
the water heating process. When a water heater is less efficient, it requires
more time to heat water, causing wear and tear, cracks, holes, and brittle metal.
A water heater can develop water leaks due to old age, rust, inefficiency,
or damage to the tank. Your hot water heater might only leak when the
metal tank is warm and is expanding. When the tank cools, the leaks may
close up. If you notice water around the base of the hot water heater,
you should hire a plumber to perform leak detection.
If you believe you’re in need of a new
water heater installation near Berkeley, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our experienced plumbers
can provide a variety of professional plumbing services, including leak
detection, water heater repair, and water heater installation. To schedule
plumbing repairs for your home, call us today at (510) 843-6904.