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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance


A properly functioning water heater is one of the most important aspects of a comfortable home. It’s an appliance we don’t always give much thought to until we are forced to take a cold shower. It is not always immediately noticeable that your water heater needs servicing, but if you know what to look for you can call in an expert before small concerns become big problems.

Is it taking longer than it used to for the water to get hot? Does your water not stay hot long enough to accomplish basic tasks such as showering or doing dishes? Does your water only reach a lukewarm temperature? Has your utility bill skyrocketed for no obvious reason? Ignoring these telltale signs of a deteriorating water heater can result in a complete lack of hot water as well emergency replacement of your water heater.

If your water comes out a rusty color when running hot, it can be a sign of sediment from the bottom of the tank being released into the water stream. The older your water heater is the more sediment will be found at the bottom of the tank. The accumulation of too much sediment can cause your hot water heater to work less efficiently and cause the drain valve to function improperly. This can be resolved by having the tank professionally cleaned.

Inconsistent water flow and reduced water pressure are both indicators that your water heater may be plugged up. If there any leaks or water on the floor around the tank, have it looked at as soon as possible.

If you experience any of these problems, a professional should be called to investigate and service your water heater. Ignoring them could cause a small problem to become a major headache. The best way to avoid costly repairs or replacement of the water heater, as well as escalating utilities bills, is to be conscientious and to have a professional conduct maintenance. 

Is the water heater in your Bentonville home acting up? Give Powell’s Plumbing a call at 540-636-8196 and make an appointment today!

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