How often should I have my water heater checked out?

Do you Know the Signs Your Water Heater Is In Need Of Repairs?

 

Little Rock PlumberAlthough a water heater is one of the less expensive appliances in the typical home, it is also one of the most necessary. In addition to the obvious concerns about hygiene and germs that are associated with hot water, many newer appliances will not work properly if sufficient access to hot water is unavailable.

Even if you are fortunate enough to have clothing that will wash well in cold water, the majority of laundry detergents on the market today are not appropriate for use in cold water cycles. Therefore, it is essential to provide the necessary maintenance to a hot water heater and to know what some of the most common signs are of an impending water heater failure.

So, What Should You Look For? One of the easiest fixes often relates to the power source of the unit. Although in theory solar power is adequate for powering a unit, it is not at all common to do so. Therefore, the most common power supplies are gas and electricity. Fortunately, they both present with obvious symptoms the same.

If you are lucky, you can simply switch the fuse on and off, the unit turns on and in a few minutes, you can enjoy a hot shower or use the dishwasher. However, most people are not that fortunate and that means that it will be helpful to consult experts.

Once you have decided to consult with professionals, it is then necessary to evaluate what the problem may be. This is particularly important if you notice leaking water that could damage your flooring. When calling for repair, you will probably be asked whether the water is coming from the tank or from the pipes. Tank water may mean the tank is damaged, while leaky pipes are frequently corroded.

Finally, it is interesting to note that a faulty or damaged pilot light could also be the problem. Older units often require manual lighting and newer ones may be controlled by a button. If the temperature in the unit fluctuates, the water heater expert may need to examine, repair or relight the pilot light.

Is the water heater in your Little Rock home in need of maintenance? Call Arrow Plumbing at (501) 588-3200 and get started today!

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