What Happens When You Neglect Your Water Heater

Your water heater is arguably one of the most undervalued major appliances in your home. Have you stopped to notice how much of your daily routine depends on your water heater functioning properly? Taking a hot shower, a warm bath, running your dishwasher and washing clothing and bedding are just a few examples of the home comforts that depend on hot water.

Proper maintenance is necessary for maintaining the life of your water heater by lessening the development of leaks and damage to your tank. And who wants to have to call the emergency repair citing no hot water in the home?

Here are a few common warnings that there may be an issue with your water heater:

Rusty Water

If the water from your water heater appears discolored, there is a distinct chance that your water heater is rusting on the inside, which could result in a leak and contaminated water.

Noises Coming From the Water Heater

Knocking or booming sounds coming from your water heater can be a signal that residue has built up on the foundation of the system. This means that your water heating system will be less efficient and will require more gas or electricity to heat your water, resulting in more expensive heating bills. In addition, the increased effort necessary to heat your water could cause more damage to your system, leading to cracks and leaks over time.

A Noticeable Leak

The most common cause of failure of residential water heaters is a leak from the tank. If you see water around your tank, you probably have a leak. And if your water heater resides in your attic or above the first floor, the likelihood of catastrophic damage rises. If you notice your water heater is leaking, call the experts immediately. Even a minor leak can expand fast and cause expensive damage to your home.

Not Enough Hot Water Available

If you’re getting zero or very little hot water out of your tap, the problem could be the pilot light on your water heater unit. If you’re not sure how to investigate the pilot light, call in the experts to address the problem.

Water is Too Hot or Too Cold

If your running water is either too hot or too cold, there is a strong chance that you have the incorrect size water heater to accommodate your living space and the number of people depending on the hot water in your home. If a gas water heater is undersized, the system will break down in a shorter period of time.

Age of Your Water Heater

The average lifespan of residential water heaters that have had proper maintenance is between ten and fifteen years. Even if there are no outward signs of an issue, a water heater that is ten years or older is at greater risk of producing a leak resulting in water damage to your home. Maturing water heaters are nothing to disregard. If you are unsure of the age of your water heater, check the identification sticker on the unit, where the manufactured date should be listed with the serial number.

The Blanton and Sons expert team can help by fixing leaks, installing low-flow fixtures and consulting with you on possible energy-efficient upgrades. And if you decide it isn’t cost-effective to have a repair done, we can recommend a new water heater that will meet your household demands and work within your budget. Options include ENERGY STAR®-rated traditional tank water heaters or energy-efficient tankless water heater units. No matter the type of system you have, if you’ve neglected your water heater, call us or request an appointment online.

And don’t forget about our Home Maintenance program. We routinely check your water heater as part of our seasonal checklist, so you never have to worry about an unexpected repair.