We use our water heaters every single day, which is why it’s important to take care of problems with your unit as soon as you can. Some problems are obvious from the get-go, while others might be more difficult to associate with your water heater. In order to help you figure out when your water heater is suffering from problems, today we’re going to talk about five common signs that it’s time to call a plumber for a water heater repair!

5 signs you need a professional water heater repair

  • 1.      You’re not getting enough hot water. Most often when customers call us for a water heater repair, it’s because they are not getting enough hot water. This can happen for many different reasons, such as a broken dip tube, a malfunctioning pilot light, broken heating elements, sediment buildup and more. Cabrillo would be happy to send a technician to your home to diagnose and fix the problem.
  • 2.      Your heating bills are high. Have you noticed that your gas or electric heating bills have been on the rise? Sometimes that can be due to your furnace, but other times your water heater might be to blame. Call Cabrillo as soon as you can so that you can get your bills back down to normal and stop wasting money on an inefficiently operating water heater.
  • 3.      Your water heater is making noise. Certain water heater problems, such as sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank, can force your unit to make strange noises when it’s operating. Noises are never a good sign, so you’ll want to call for a water heater repair right away.
  • 4.      Your tap water is discolored. There are two common reasons that your water heater might change the color of your tap water. One reason is a corroded anode rod. When the sacrificial anode rode is completely worn out, it will allow rust to break off into your water and change it to a reddish color. In addition, sediment buildup can get into your water and change its color brown or red. Both of these problems are common and can be taken care of quickly with a water heater repair from Cabrillo.
  • 5.      Your water heater is leaking. If you notice water pooling up around your water heater, you should contact Cabrillo right away. A leak in your tank is not only wasteful, but can indicate severe problems with your unit.

If you have any questions about when to call for water heater repair, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor.