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Water Heater Maintenance

Water leaking from the plastic faucet on a residential electric water heater sitting on a concrete floor with a red pipe wrench, tubing cutters, teflon tape and copper fittings in the foreground to repair or place the appliance.

A problem with a water heater is usually not noticed until it’s too late, and you’re stuck with a cold shower! Obviously, this is an experience we’d all like to avoid. We’ve compiled a list of signs that can reveal a problem with your water heater before you’re faced with an unpleasant situation.

  1. Rusty or cloudy water. If you notice rusty or cloudy water coming out of your faucet when using hot water, it’s an indication of sediment buildup in the bottom of your tank. The tank will need to be drained and cleaned out.
  2. Fluctuating water temperature or water is not hot enough. This could be an indication that the mineral deposits have build-up around the water heater’s heating element or that the heating element needs to be repaired or replaced. 
  3. Low water pressure. Mineral deposits not only reduce the efficiency of your water heater but can also build up enough to block the pipes, thereby reducing the water pressure coming out of your water heater. 
  4. Leaking. Over time mineral buildup in the bottom of your water heater can cause corrosion that can lead to the water heater itself leaking. A quick inspection around your water heater can prevent a potential disaster. An annual flush and fill of your water heater prevents this sediment from accumulating.
  5. Strange Sounds. Some noise is normal, but if you hear loud popping, cracking or banging sounds, call a professional plumber. These noises may indicate a buildup of mineral deposits, causing your appliance to overheat as it tries to keep your water hot. If the tank hasn’t started leaking yet, a flush and fill may be able to keep it working.

Many of your water heater issues can be solved by scheduling an annual water heater flush and fill with Michael’s Plumbing. A flush and fill removes sediment from the bottom of the tank and extends the life of your water heater. If you live in the Orlando area, give us a call (407) 219-9772 or schedule maintenance online today!

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