Don’t endure having to shower and wash dishes in cold water when your water heater malfunctions. Instead, schedule repair or replacement services with a professional as soon as possible. Call ThermAll Heating & Cooling, Inc. for hot water heater appointments in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA. Our expert technicians are dedicated to improving the lives of our customers.
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Common Water Heater Issues
You rely heavily on your hot water heater for comfort and convenience in your home. So when it malfunctions it can cause issues for your household. Some common issues you might encounter with your unit can include:
- Lack of hot water: One of the most noticeable issues with your system is a lack of hot water. For gas-powered units, this can be due to an extinguished pilot light that needs to be relit. It could also indicate a damaged heating element.
- Leaking: If your unit is leaking, have it inspected by a plumber to determine if the system can be repaired or if it should be replaced.
- Excess noise: Loud or unusual noises can signal a damaged heating element or a buildup of sediment inside the unit that needs to be professionally removed.
- Cracks: Cracks should be inspected by a plumber to determine if they can be repaired or if the unit needs to be replaced.
The Lifespan of a Water Heater
Like all appliances and systems in your house, eventually, your water heater will need to be replaced. While the make, model, and amount of care and maintenance the system receives can impact the lifespan of a system, most electric units will last from 10 to 20 years. Gas-powered units may have shorter lifespans than electric systems.
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Signs You Need To Replace Your Water Heater
You don’t want to find out your water heater is completely malfunctioning when you’re trying to shower or bathe your kids. Instead, it’s important to watch for these signs that can indicate you need to replace your unit:
- Age: Your unit is getting older and nearing the end of its estimated 10- to 20-year lifespan.
- Losing efficiency: Your system needs to work harder to function.
- Rust and corrosion: You notice rust or corrosion on the unit or rust in the water.
- Leaking: There are leaks coming from the unit.
- Water is not warm enough: The system is no longer able to properly heat the water.
- Cracks: There are cracks in the tank or in the system.