When the water heater in your home or business doesn’t generate hot water, the simplest tasks seem impossible. For over 30 years, Horizon Services and its team of knowledgeable technicians have provided 24-our emergency care solutions and water heater replacement services to homes in Delaware, Northeastern Maryland, Southern New Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Get the water heater installation you need with same-day service and next-day installation. Book an appointment online, or call our office at 1-800-642-4419.
7 Types of Water Heater Problems & Ways to Fix
Generally, your heating tank has a lifetime of 10 to 12 years. However, hot water mechanisms that aren’t serviced annually have an increased likelihood of premature system failure. The next time you hear a strange noise coming from your water tank, don’t ignore it.
1. No Hot Water
The reason why your water heater fails to produce hot water often depends on the type of unit you have. A tripped breaker, blown fuse, or faulty heating element could all be the culprit. Our team of licensed plumbers offer innovative water heater installation services and will test the function of your heating element to diagnose the issue. A part may need replacement. If you can’t figure out the problem, contact a professional plumber for an accurate evaluation.
2. Strange Noises
Popping, banging, and rumbling noises indicate your unit needs to be serviced. Ensure your unit is properly operating. Depending on the size and usage of the tank, your water heater may need quarterly maintenance. If the noises persist or become severe, a licensed plumber will recommend immediate water heater replacement.
3. Low Amount of Hot Water
If you frequently “run out” of hot water, your unit is likely too small. Simultaneously using several high-volume, hot water appliances such as a dishwasher, washing machine, and shower could also be a reason you are running out of warm water. To fix this issue, turn up the thermostat on your hot water heater.
If you continue to run low on hot water, give our team of plumbers a call to discuss the advantages of investing in a new water heater. Our staff offers dependable water heater replacement and installation services in areas such as Upper Darby, Wilmington, Columbia, Allentown, Trenton, and Bensalem. Installing a larger water heater will allow you to operate hot water-dependent appliances at the same time.
Over time, components in your water heater may erode or loosen, causing water leakage. Heavily eroded or aging water units also cause water to flow from your system. A simple tightening of screws or replacement of valves will solve this minor hiccup. If your tank is eroded, a professional technician will assess your damaged system and recommend water heater replacement.
5. Discolored Water
The top three causes of rust-colored water coming from your faucet include corrosion, a faulty anode rod, or excess sediment buildup in the water tank. Annual flushes of your water heating unit will limit sediment buildup. If water is still running rusty after a flush and new anode rod installation, a certified plumber will recommend conducting a water heater replacement or installation.
6. Water is Too Warm
High water temperatures are caused by incorrect temperature settings or temperature pressure valve malfunction. First, adjust the set temperature of your thermostat. If you continue to experience increased temps, contact a serviceman to assess your temperature pressure valve. If damaged, it’ll need replacement.
7. Water Odors
Stinky water is often caused by excess bacteria and minerals in your water tank unit. Regular water heater maintenance will eliminate residue and contaminants from collecting on the bottom of your tank. To avoid a premature water heater replacement, you will need to continuously drain and perform maintenance on your system to prevent issues.
When Is Water Heater Replacement Necessary?
Many water heater problems can be solved with professional repairs. However, it’s important to know when repairs are possible or if you need water heater replacement as this can ultimately save you time, money, and stress.
Not sure if you need to replace your water heater? Consider these factors:
- Age – Is your tank water heater more than 10 years old? It might be time to start considering a water heater replacement, especially for units that have not been maintained.
- Frequent Repairs – Has your water heater recently required frequent, costly, or repeated repairs? Constant breakdowns might be a sign that it’s time for a new unit.
- Lack of Hot Water – If you find that your home is frequently without hot water, or that the water coming from faucets is lukewarm at best, water heater replacement might be needed.
- Leaking Tank – If your water heater’s tank has an obvious leak, it’s time for a replacement. Leaks are typically caused by internal issues and are rarely repairable.
- Appearance – Is the tank rusted? Do you notice signs of corrosion? Is the water in your home discolored or rust-tinted? If so, investing in a water heater installation will help improve the quality of your warm water
- Sediment Buildup – Sediment buildup in the tank of your water heater can lead to a number of problems. If you’ve never had the water heater flushed, it’s possible that buildup has occurred.
While these and other signs can indicate a need for a water heater replacement, you may still be uncertain whether or not repairs are possible. Our Horizon technicians can offer honest advice and make professional recommendations based on their extensive expertise.
Water Heater Installation & Replacement Solutions
When it comes to constant hot water, you never know what you have until it’s gone. Fortunately, the trained technicians at Horizon can ensure an accurate assessment of your system and are able to offer reliable water heater installation services. We provide fast and convenient water heater replacement and installation services in areas such as Edison, Allentown, Wilmington, Baltimore, Trenton, Upper Darby, and Newark. Contact us day or night. Our 24-hour emergency plumbing, heating, and cooling services ensure your loved ones are comfortable all year long. Schedule your water heater replacement or repair services online, or call our office at 1-800-642-4419.
We offer unparalleled workmanship on all our water heater replacement services coupled with outstanding customer service. Our friendly, uniformed technicians arrive on-time, every time, and we proudly offer upfront pricing in writing so you’re never surprised with hidden costs or fees. No matter your water heater service needs, our experts are ready to get the job done!
If you need assistance installing a new hot water heater, give our team of technicians a call at 1-800-642-4419 to book an appointment.