To repair or replace is a question that often comes up with almost any question of home maintenance and improvement. Whether it be your roof, your furnace or air conditioner, your flooring or any other component of your home, recognizing when it’s more cost-effective to repair rather than replace with new components can save you money, time and frustration in the long run. Your home’s water heater is no different. Knowing the signs of a water heater than simply needs maintenance or one that has seen its best days is key. Here are the signs and symptoms of a water heater in trouble and the best remedies for each problem:
- Water is lukewarm or too hot. A simple adjustment to the unit’s thermostat is what is called for here. No need for a plumber.
- Water is not heating at all. This could mean a simple pilot light that’s gone out or it could mean that the burner or heating element has failed. If you are comfortable with re-lighting the pilot go ahead and do so but if the light is burning and you still have cold water, you’ll need to call a plumber. If your tank is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacement instead of spending the money on another repair.
- Your water heater hisses or sizzles. Sediment build-up is a common problem with water heater tanks as all water has some debris in it, as microscopic as it may be. This sediment can cause problems within your tank. Flush your water heater tank at least once a year to keep the sediment from corroding the body of the tank. Call your Long Island plumber if you don’t feel comfortable doing this task yourself.
- The water tank is leaking. This is most likely caused by the aforementioned build-up of sediment. Chemicals and minerals within the sediment has eaten through the metal of the tank and replacement is the only option here.