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A sudden loss of hot water is never convenient. At MAC Plumbing, we have qualified plumbers to solve any problem with reliable service for water heater repair and replacement in American Fork, Orem, Provo, and surrounding areas. We have more than 20 years of experience and a commitment to top-quality work and fair pricing.
7 Warning Signs Your Hot Water Heater is Going Out
Having warm or hot running water is a daily essential in households in Utah and across the nation. Thanks to hot water heaters that work all day and every day, we can have hot water that ensures our laundry and dishes are sanitized, our hands are clean, and our stresses can melt away in a nice, relaxing, hot shower or bath after a hard day’s work. However, water heaters don’t last forever and eventually, they do break down. Water heater problems can be solved with water heater repair and replacement in American Fork, depending on the cause of the problem and the age of the unit.
7 signs your water heater is going to fail:
Let’s go in-depth about the seven signs of water heater failure.
If the temperature of your water is not consistent, it is a clear sign that your hot water heater is failing. It is possible that the thermostat simply needs to be replaced, however, if the heating elements are broken, then it may need to be replaced by a water heater repair technician in American Fork at Mac Plumbing And Heating.
Rusty, Discolored, and/or Smelly Water
If your water looks cloudy or your sink smells like rotten eggs, this may be an indicator that there are bacteria in your water. This may be caused by your water supply or your water heater. To check, fill a clear glass with hot water and run a clear glass of cold water next to it. If the cold water is clear from the tap, then the issue is with your water supply. If the glass of hot water is not clear and it is murky, then there is something wrong with your water heater. If you can, you may try draining the tank, but if that does not work, then it is time to seek American Fork water heater repair services at Mac Plumbing And Heating.
If your water has a rusty tinge to it, then it is likely that the pipes and valves of your water heater have begun to rust from age. If this is the case, get your hot water heater repaired right away -- not only is rust hard on your pipes, but it is also harmful to humans and pets when it is ingested. If the issue is not addressed immediately, the rust may weaken your pipes further and result in hidden water leaks or a cracked water tank.
No Hot Water or Running Out of Hot Water Quickly
Do you constantly find yourself running out of hot water? If your family is growing or if you have added a new bathroom to your home, it is possible that you need a larger hot water heater unit. Consider what your family will need in the long run and reach out to water heater professionals in American Fork at Mac Plumbing And Heating.
Common water heater sizes and use estimates:
- 30-gallon: 1 person
- 40-gallon: 2 people
- 50-gallon: Larger family
Strange Noises From Your Water Heater
Pipes typically provide signs when there is something wrong -- one of the most common noises is a rumbling or popping sound coming from the hot water heater itself. It may be caused by loose valves or connections, but it may also be caused by sediment that has collected at the bottom of the tank over time and hardened.
The noises may indicate that sediment or minerals have caked on the heating elements inside the water heater, which might also clog your system and change the water pressure throughout your home. If you are hearing strange noises from your unit, it is best to call (801) 850-0067 to request a service from our American Fork water heater repair specialists.
Low Water Pressure
Reduced water pressure is typically caused by mineral or sediment deposits that have collected around the heating components and have blocked the pipes. Low water pressure may also be caused by the poor design of a water heater.
Leakage From the Water Tank
If you notice water dripping from the tank itself or pooling underneath the unit, or you observe pipes dripping water, these may be signs that your hot water heater needs repair. It is possible that there are loose valves or connections, but if it is caused by something else, then the leaks can cause corrosion which may further damage your water heater. If your tank is leaking, you need to get your hot water heater replaced by an American Fork water heater repair technician.
Your Water Heater is Over 10 Years Old
If you have had your hot water heater for more than 10 years and it is showing some of the signs mentioned above, it is most likely time to get it replaced. Today’s water heater models are more durable, heat water faster with less energy, and take up less space. Reach out to Mac Plumbing And Heating and ask about our water heater installation services!
Considering Water Heater Replacement? Keep These In Mind.
Typical water heater repairs may involve replacing a thermostat, pressure relief valve, anode rod, or heating elements. In other situations, water heater replacement may be the better choice.
When making decisions about water heater replacement, consider:
- Age – A tank water heater can last about 10-12 years and a tankless model usually lasts about 20 years. If your water heater is near the end of its life, replacement is usually the more cost-effective solution.
- Leaks – A water heater that is leaking from the tank will need to be replaced. Act quickly at the first sign of a leak to avoid water damage.
- Rusty water – If the hot water has a rusty color, it can be a sign of corrosion. An old, corroded water heater will need to be replaced.
- Maintenance history – Routine maintenance can make a big difference in the lifespan of a water heater. A unit that hasn’t been well maintained and flushed regularly may not last as long.
Knowing when to replace a water heater can be confusing. You want to get the most from your existing unit but replacing your water heater near the end of its life can help you avoid a sudden loss of hot water. If you are having a problem with your water heater, an experienced plumber can help determine if water heater repair or replacement is the best solution.
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MAC Plumbing offers reliable services for water heater repair and replacement in American Fork. We understand that living without hot water can feel unbearable and you want your hot water restored as quickly as possible. We have same-day appointments available and 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week for pressing plumbing issues.
Don’t suffer without hot water. Call (801) 850-0067 or fill out our online contact form for prompt water heater repair or replacement.
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