Here in California, the summer season can be very hot. Even here, though, your air conditioner is going to have an offseason. It may be a brief offseason, but it is a respite for that system nonetheless. This is not the case with your water heater. For this particular appliance, surely one of if not the hardest working in any home, there is no substantial time of rest. This system is used every day, throughout the day, for many different tasks completed throughout your home.
Considering how used to having bountiful hot water whenever we need it we are, it goes without saying that any problems with your water heater are cause for concern. When you need water heater repairs, you need to contact a professional plumber in Huntington Beach immediately. Of course, doing so means that you need to be able to recognize signs of trouble with your water heater to begin with. Here are a few common ones to be on the lookout for.
Your Water Heater Is Rumbling
This is one of those problems that, somewhat thankfully, may sound worse than it actually is. Now, don’t get us wrong. A water heater with a case of the rumbles is certainly cause for concern. That being said, it is most likely not about to burst and spew hot water everywhere surrounding it.
The most likely explanation is that it is kettling due to a buildup of mineral, such as limescale or calcium, at the bottom of the tank. This can trap heat at the bottom of the tank, basically causing the burner to overheat the water at the bottom. It will do real damage to your water heater over time and can result in a dangerous situation, so it should be dealt with ASAP.
Your Energy Costs Are Spiking
As you can imagine, there are a lot of different reasons why you may see utility costs in your home spike. If you’ve narrowed it down somewhat, though—it’s not the AC because you’re not really running it much, it’s not the heat because it’s been off, or because of the different fuel sources pointing toward different bills—you may start to suspect your water heater.
This is one of those issues that is common, but we cannot tell you for certain why it is happening without inspecting your individual water heater. There are a lot of reasons why this problem may develop. Anything from the aforementioned buildup of minerals to thermostat issues or simply subpar maintenance may be to blame.
There is Rust on the Tank
If you have a tank water heater, and you see corrosion or rust on the tank, let us know immediately. It could be that a nearby pipe has been dripping onto the tank and is causing the rust. It could also be that the tank itself is leaking, though.
If this is the case, then there is, unfortunately, nothing that we can really do about it. The fact is that, once the tank goes, there is no fixing it. What we can do for you is determine if this is actually the case, and then we can help you to find the right replacement for your needs.
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