Water Heater Failure | Water Heater Repair Fort Worth
In the U.S. we depend upon the water heater in our households, and when it fails, it is a major inconvenience. The majority of homeowner’s remain unaware when a water heater failure is imminent. There are signs of numerous common problems that can alert you to an approaching failure – if you are aware of them. Being aware of the signs can prevent a minor repair from becoming a larger one and can prevent a potential leak which can cause serious damage to your home and its foundation. Being aware of the signs enables timely water heater repair in Fort Worth and avoids potential damage to your home.
Typically, if a water heater is experiencing the need for increased repair, and it is over 8 years old, you may want to consider replacement. The advantages of a new appliance are greater reliability and increased energy efficiency.
Ignoring signs of problems can result in the need for additional water heater repair in Fort Worth, and potentially reduce the appliances expected lifespan. Some of the common problems homeowners experience is as follows:
Insufficient Hot Water
If the water is not as hot as usual, or doesn’t last as long as it normally does, you will need water heater repair in Fort Worth . This can be due to several factors that can only be determined by a qualified plumber in Fort Worth .
Unusual noise often indicates problems are developing.
Homes with hard water that lack a water softener will eventually experience plumbing issues related to it, including the need for water heater repair in Fort Worth . Sediment accumulates in the bottom of the tank, forcing the water heater to work harder to heat the water. This diminishes efficiency resulting in a rising energy bill as it uses increased energy. This can lead to the premature failure of the water heater if the tank is not periodically flushed to remove the build-up of sediment.
The processes involved in sediment build-up can result in an unusually noisy water heater.
Discolored water can be a sign of numerous issues, and not all are related to the water heater. If your home has galvanized pipes it may indicate pipe corrosion. It can also be a sign that water heater repair in Fort Worth is required. Water heaters with a glass liner shouldn’t rust, unless the lining has been broken. Rust on the water heater exterior can indicate leaks may soon follow.
Water Heater Leaks
If the water heater appears to be leaking, check for the source of the leak. For example, a fitting may be leaking. Dampness, stains, mold or mildew can indicate the presence of a leak. A leak may require pipe or water heater repair in Fort Worth , or it may indicate complete failure requiring water heater replacement.
Water Heater Maintenance
Providing annual drainage of the water heater tank, and prompt water heater repair in Fort Worth when required, will extend the service life of the appliance, while reducing the risk of leaks and the frequency of repairs.
Draining the Hot Water Heater
- You will need an oven mitt, a thick towel and a garden hose.
- Turn off gas or electricity to the water heater.
- Turn off the water supply to the water heater. If the shut-off valve located at the water heater will not shut the water off, shut off all water entering the home at the water meter.
- Use caution, hot water may scald you.
- Connect the garden hose to the water heater drain. Place the other end outdoors where it will not drain on people, pets, electrical plugs, electric appliances or landscaping. If you are unable to drain the tank outdoors use a large bucket, and empty it frequently by cutting the drain valve off. Place a thick towel beneath the drain to catch any water that leaks.
- Turn on a nearby hot water tap to let air into the plumbing system. This will allow the water to drain from the water heater.
- Use the mitt to open the water heater drain which may be hot.
- Let the tank drain until you no longer see any sign of sediment draining on the ground or in the bucket.
- Remove the garden hose, holding it up carefully to prevent any hot water from flowing back onto you.
- Use the oven mitt to close the water heater drain. Turn the water supply back on.
- Ensure there are no leaks at the water heater drain. Tighten the drain if it leaks. If it continues to leak it will require water heater repair in Fort Worth before continuing. Otherwise, continue to the next step.
- Turn the power back on to the water heater.
- Once a full flush is provided, drain 2 quarts every 2-3 months to keep sediment from building up in the tank.
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