Common Signs That Water Heater Repair Is Imminent

 

Heads Up, South Bay! Is Your Water Heater Sending Out SOS Signals?

Hey there, sunny South Bay folks! Ever jumped into a shower, expecting a warm embrace, only to be greeted by the arctic? 🚿❄️ Yup, that’s the sneaky work of a mischievous water heater. Often tucked away in basements or closets, these unsung heroes are easy to forget. But oh boy, when they act up, you’ll feel it. Here are some signs that your water heater might be crying out for some TLC:

1. It’s Getting Up There in Years

Just like that old surfboard you’ve been meaning to replace, water heaters don’t last forever. Check out the sticker on top; it’ll tell you its age. Most pros, including us, suggest considering a new one every 8-12 years1. If yours is hitting the decade mark, it might be time to give it a checkup. And trust us, you’d rather replace it on your time than in a cold-shower emergency.

2. Your Showers are More “Meh” Than “Ahh”

When you crank the heat and only get lukewarm vibes, something’s off. This could be due to a faulty heating element or, for gas heaters, a mischievous pilot light. If these are all good and your water’s still not steaming, it might be time to call in the cavalry.

3. Your Water’s Acting… Funky

If your tap gives you water that looks or smells strange – think rusty or metallic – you might have some sediment playing mixologist in your heater2. You can try flushing it, but if that doesn’t help, it could be repair time.

4. Uh-Oh, Puddles

Spotted water around your heater? That’s a big no-no. It could mean there are cracks in the tank3. Remember, water and electricity are like oil and water – they don’t mix. If you see leaks, turn it off and call in the experts.

5. Don’t Wait for the Cold Shoulder

Water heaters might be quiet, but they sure communicate. Changes in sounds, performance dips, or just a gut feeling – trust these signs. Being proactive can save you from bigger issues down the road.

Got Chills? We’re Here for the Thrills!

Our team at Pete Fer & Son Plumbing and Supply Co is here to help the South Bay community keep the warmth rolling. Whether it’s routine maintenance, an emergency fix, or just some advice, give us a ring. We’re here to help!


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Footnotes

  1. Johnson, R. (2018). The Lifespan of Common Household Appliances. Home Efficiency Guide.
  2. California Water Quality Association. (2020). Water Heater Sediment and Water Quality.
  3. South Bay Home Inspections. (2019). Common Water Heater Issues.