Should I Buy a New Water Heater or Get a Water Heater Repair in the North Shore?

waldmanJust because your water heater is giving you trouble does not necessarily mean that you need a new one. There are several problems that can develop with water heaters that can be easily fixed by your local plumber. If your water heater is having any of the following problems, be sure to call Waldman Plumbing for water heater service in the North Shore before opting for a whole new unit.

Your water heater is making strange popping noises.
When sediment builds up inside your water heater tank, you may begin to hear some odd noises. Because sediment buildup can cause your water heater to wear out faster and work inefficiently, you’ll want to call your local plumber to flush out the tank.

Your hot water smells bad.
The water inside your water heater tank can become infected with bacteria which create the odor. This unpleasant water odor can usually be taken care of by flushing out the water heater tank or by replacing the anode rod. Avoid issues like this by getting regular water heater maintenance.

There is a water leak.
Overheating water may be released by the relief valve to reduce the pressure in your tank. This problem may be solved by lowering the temperature on the thermostat, and, if necessary, also replacing the relief valve. If the leak is coming from a water connection, a simple repair will usually do the trick. However, if water is leaking out the bottom of the tank because a hole has emerged because of corrosion, it’s most likely time for a water heater replacement.

Your hot water has a rusty color.
Water heaters are equipped with anode rods which dissolve slowly to prevent the development of rust inside the tank. When the rod is depleted, rust begins to form. Your local plumber can replace this anode rod. Sometimes though, extensive water discoloration is a sign that you are in need of a new water heater or new hot water pipes.

The water isn’t hot.
On a gas water heater, you’ll want to see if the pilot light is on. If the pilot is on, you may need to replace the water heater control valve. A pilot light that won’t stay lit is likely a sign of faulty thermocouple. In most cases, when electric water heaters are not producing hot water, the thermostat or upper heating element needs to be replaced.

Our North Shore plumbers can help you to diagnose water heater issues and assist you in determining if a water heater repair is worthwhile or if you should invest in replacement. For water heater service from friendly, reliable plumbers, call Waldman Plumbing! And, if you do need a water heater replacement be sure to check out our valuable water heater installation coupon! 

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