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How to Tell Your Water Heater Needs Service

Have you ever had to take a shower with cold water only, when you wanted a warm shower? It’s certainly not ideal. Hot water is essential to your way of life, and you want to make sure that you always have enough of it. In order to prevent water heater breakdowns, you want to catch problems as early as possible. Pay attention whenever anything seems off, and schedule annual service to prevent repair needs and premature replacement.

Low Temperatures

If the water never feels warm enough, check the temperature on the system first and foremost. If it’s above about 120 degrees, then the temperature setting is not the problem. Fluctuating hot water, hot water that runs out too fast, and water that’s never warm enough could be signs of a couple of different issues. Call a plumber to find out for sure.

Loud Noises

Most likely, the noises within your water heater tank, especially if you hear a loud banging, indicate that you have scaling in the tank. Mineral deposits left behind in the water heater can build up until they rattle around in the tank as steam bubbles attempt to rise to the top. This wears down the bottom of the tank which may accelerate the rate of corrosion. Prompt repair (flushing the tank) helps to prevent tank corrosion.

It’s Been a While

If you haven’t had a technician look at your water heater in a year or more, it’s time to schedule service. A plumber can make sure your water heater is in good shape during an annual maintenance visit. Techs will check the relief valve and gas connection for potential safety issues, flush the tank, check on the anode rod, and more.

Call MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. for a water heater tune-up or for fast repairs for your system in Cedar Grove, NJ. We offer same day services and excellent customer service.

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