Posted on 6/25/2012
Water Heater

As water heaters age, they can develop issues that affect their performance and efficiency. If you have not had your water heater regularly inspected by your plumbing service, relatively simple plumbing issues can become compounded and eventually result in repairs. There will come a time when you will need to replace your water heater, or you will continually face problems as well as greatly reduced efficiency.

  • Noisy Operation: Water heaters may make light noise when they are actively heating water, but excessive noise can point to sediment issues. Over time, sediment in your municipal water supply can build up in your water heater. If you have hard water, excess calcification can precipitate and add to the sediment. A buildup of sediment accumulates at the bottom of the water heater, and impedes the element or burner’s ability to heat the water, causing excessive noise.
  • Intermittent Hot Water: An inefficient burner or damaged heating element will not be able to effectively heat the water inside the tank. This can cause you to prematurely run out of hot water or experience water in hot and cold bursts. Thermostat issues can also cause this issue.
  • Leakage: As a water heater ages, its fittings can lose their integrity and eventually cause leaks. You may experience slow, minor leaks or a failed seal that empties the contents of the tank. It’s a good idea to have your plumbing service inspect your water heater at least once a year.
  • Corrosion: The greatest enemy of a water heater is rust. Every water heater contains an anode rod, which is made of a specialized metal that is designed to prevent corrosion within the tank. The anode rod will eventually corrode and need to be replaced. If the rod is not replaced as necessary, the tank itself will rust.
  • Arrow Plumbing, Inc. can repair water heaters with these issues, or replace them with newer, high-efficiency models. Visit our website to learn more about maintaining your water heater or call us at (847) 549-9600.

Arrow Plumbing, Inc. can repair water heaters with these issues, or replace them with newer, high-efficiency models. Visit our website to learn more about maintaining your water heater or call us at (847) 549-9600.