On Water Heaters: Repair and Care

After a long day in the office, nothing appeals more to me than the thought of spending an hour or two at a spa.   But my lack of finances dictate otherwise, so what I do instead is take a hot shower when I get home from work.  That’s why the water heater has become an indispensable household fixture for me.  But as with any home appliance, even the water heater goes through wear and tear over time.  So, what are the telltale signs that a water heater needs to be repaired?

You know you’ll have to call a Spring plumber when you find that your heater does not make the water hot enough, or if you notice that your water is discolored.

You’ll definitely need the expertise of one of those plumbers in Spring, TX  if you start to detect any gas leaking from your heater.  This can be highly dangerous for your family.  Another sure sign of damage is when you see some form of condensation outside the tank, because this means that the self-containment feature of the tank has been compromised.

In order to keep your water heater running smoothly, you must give it regular flushing.  This gets rid of sediment-build up which can impede the flow of hot water.  You do this flushing by first turning off the gas or electric power of the heater.  Then, let the water cool.  Once the water cools, close the valve for incoming water.  Then attach a hose to the drain valve, and allow the water to run into a large bucket or just let it drain.

Just because you see the first sign of trouble with your water heater, doesn’t mean you have to replace it right away.  Most of these problems can be solved by taking the proper precautionary measures.

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  1. Thanks for the tips. I agree water heating is important especially during winters when the water is freezing.

  2. I have never heard of flushing a water heater. Ours is still fairly new…so hopefully we’re okay!

  3. These are wonderful tips! I haven’t giving any attention to our water heater, but I will now! Thank you for that!

  4. Pepper, like you I can’t afford to go to the spa and have to resort to a hot shower to ease my aching muscles but, more importantly, I want to add that I agree 100% with needing the expertise of a plumber. If you suspect that something is wrong with your water heater then it is always better – and much safer – to get a professional plumber to take a look at it. Water heaters usually have a warranty on them that commences at the time of installation and you can use this to help you gauge when repairs might be necessary.

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  5. Jason Holloway says

    I’ve used Spring plumbing in the past. Those guys are great! Affordable, great service, great attitude. You can’t go wrong with them.

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