2 Signs Your Water Heater Needs To Be Repaired

Posted on: 20 December 2022

Having hot water is a wonderful thing. Walking to your kitchen sink, turning on the tap, and getting hot water so you can wash your dishes can make your life so much easier. Hot water makes taking your shower in the middle of a very cold winter much more pleasant. To get that hot water, you need to have a water heater of some kind installed in your house, whether a traditional tank water heater or a tankless water heater. However, water heaters have a limited life span and occasionally break down. You need to know the signs that your water heater is failing so you can call a plumber to repair it.  

Cooler Water

One sign that your water heater is on the fritz is that your hot water isn't as hot as it used to be. There are a few reasons that this could happen. One of them is that the element heating the water in the water heater is starting to die. As the component dies, it loses its ability to heat the water. It can still heat the water to some extent, but not to the temperature you would like. In this case, the plumber may have to go into the unit, remove the failing element, and add a new one. But, if your water heater is an older unit, replacing the part may be a temporary fix to the problem.

Lower Hot Water Pressure

If you turn on the hot water knob and notice that the water pressure from the tap is not as strong as the cold water tap is, that can be a sign that your water heater needs some help. You may have lower water pressure from the hot water than you do from the cold water because the two temperatures of water run through two separate pipelines. While they both come into your house through the same line, there is a split so that one stream can go to your water heater and the other runs through the cold water lines. If your water heater has a buildup of minerals clogging the pipes, less water will flow through the pipes causing lower water pressure.

Hot water makes life easier. If your water heater isn't working or you are concerned about it, call a plumber and have them check it out for you so that you can get your hot water back on. Contact a local plumber to learn more about water heater repair.