“Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?”

Sometimes it’s okay to wait until the last possible minute before deciding what to do, and sometimes circumstances decide for you.

Should you or shouldn’t you go out to dinner tonight, for example? Well, all you know is that your favorite restaurant stops serving at 10 PM and you’d kind of like to go, and kind of like to stay home and relax. You hem, you haw, but ultimately the fresh, palpable memories of food cooked and served to perfection win out, then you rush out the door, arrive at the restaurant at 9:55: no harm, no foul.

Young woman taking a shower and enjoying it


How about when you wait too long, though, and you’re forced to do something in the moment that you wish could have been otherwise? Take, for example, replacing your water heater? You’ve had a really strong hunch for some time now that things have been amiss, but you just didn’t want to deal with getting it checked out or simply replacing it while you had plenty of time to check out all your latest options. And then one day, your water heater simply stops working. The next day, you have a new one, and you just HOPE it’s exactly the one you would have chosen given the luxury of time to make that decision.

Not a great way to buy something new, is it? Well, to help spare you that kind of “I need it now” moment, these are the water heater warning signs that should prompt you, at the very least, to contact a professional plumber to tell you exactly what’s wrong with it:

  • Rust colored water. If the water looks and smells rusty, that means your storage tank has internal corrosion – the only question is, to what extent, and can it be repaired?
  • Water underneath or around the base of your storage tank. This is another indication of internal corrosion, the kind caused by an accumulation of calcium and magnesium in your water supply. When there’s too much of both, you have what’s called hard water conditions. And if there’s hard water in your water heater, it’s elsewhere in your home, as well. That’s something you definitely want checked out, and at the earliest possible date before any more damage to your plumbing or plumbing systems results.
  • The hot water supply is taking increasingly longer to replenish itself. This symptom goes hand in hand with running out of hot water in the middle of a shower when that never used to be a problem. Something is inhibiting your system’s ability to meet your hot water demands, and it behooves you to find out exactly what that is at your first convenience.
  • Suddenly, there’s no hot water at all. More often than not, this signals the end of your water heater. But it also could be something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or faulty thermostat, both easily corrected.

So, how’s YOUR water heater been behaving lately? Not so hot, you say? Then don’t wait for things to get worse. Instead, contact Service Pros for expert troubleshooting, honest advice, and a world of experience in helping families like yours enjoy all the comfort, convenience, and safety that a well-maintained water heater can bring. We look forward to this and every opportunity to serve you.

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