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Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Sometimes we forget just how important our water heaters are, until nothing but cold water is coming out of our taps and the water turns cold in the middle of a shower. Water heaters are constantly running 24/7, so repairs are bound to happen at some point.

Given the fact that water heaters are practically working around the clock, they endure a good amount of stress throughout the years. Here’s what to look out for in a malfunctioning water heater.

Your Hot Water Runs Out Too Fast

Water heaters have gallons on gallons of hot water inside that should always be ready for use. If you find yourself running out of hot water frequently, there could be something wrong with one of the elements in your water heater. The age of your water heater also comes into play here— older water heaters are less efficient at heating water as they age.

If your household has a hot water supply issue, consider investing in a tankless water heater for an unlimited supply of hot water.

Inconsistent Water Temperatures

Does your water ever turn ice cold in the middle of a shower but other times it works just fine? Inconsistent water temperatures are one of the main signs that something is wrong with your water heater. If you have an older water heater, mineral deposits build up over time and cause the water heater to lose heat.

If your water heater is more than 10 years old, your best bet is to consider buying a replacement.

Rusty/Discolored Water

It’s very obvious that the water coming out of your taps should be colorless, but if you ever notice a rusty, brown color or dark particles floating around, this indicates that something is wrong with your water heater.

If you have this problem with your water, contact our team at McAtee Plumbing Heating & Cooling so we can quickly diagnose the issue.

Strange Noises Coming from the Tank

It’s normal for water heaters to make a little bit of noise, so don’t be alarmed if you hear a mild buzz coming from your unit. However, if your water heater is making loud sounds like banging, popping, or cracking, you have a good reason to call a professional and check your unit.

If you’re noticing these sounds coming from your unit, don’t wait to call a professional. Loud noises like this can weaken the structure of your unit and cause it to start leaking.

Charleston Water Heater Repair

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, give our Charleston water heater specialists a call at (803) 335-5109. We will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and offer a solution so you don’t have to go without hot water for too long!