Are waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the water to warm up before you jump in the shower? If it’s not heating up then you could have an issue with your water heater. Avoid the inconvenience by calling Maxwell-White Plumbing to have our experts inspect your unit and determine if you need repairs or a replacement. When you schedule an appointment at your La Crosse, WI home, we guarantee satisfaction.
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Common Water Heater Issues
Unfortunately, occasionally your water heater might experience problems that require professional repairs. Some common issues you might encounter at your La Crosse County home can include:
- Lack of hot water: One of the most noticeable issues with your system is a lack of hot water. For gas-powered units, this can be caused by an extinguished pilot light that needs to be relit. It could also indicate a damaged heating element.
- Leaking: An expert should inspect the leak to determine if it can be repaired or if the unit should be replaced.
- Excessive noise: Loud or unusual noises can signal a damaged heating element or a buildup of sediment inside the unit that needs to be professionally removed.
- Cracks: Cracks should be inspected by a professional to see if they can be repaired or if the unit needs to be replaced.
Life Expectancy of a Water Heater
While your water heater won’t last forever, these units do tend to last a significant amount of time. As experts will tell you, every make and model is different, so it’s hard to know exactly how long your unit will last. Technicians can estimate that most electric units will last between 10 to 20 years. The amount of care and maintenance the system receives, and the quality of your water, can impact that timeline. Gas-powered units might not last quite as long as electric systems.
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Signs Your Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced
Before you’re stuck with cold water throughout your house, it’s important to identify the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced before it completely malfunctions. Some signs that can indicate you need to install a new unit can include:
- Age: Your unit may be getting older. These systems typically last between 10 to 20 years, depending on the make, model, and upkeep.
- Losing efficiency: If your system is losing efficiency and needs to work too hard to function.
- Rust and corrosion: If you notice rust or corrosion on the unit, or rust in the water.
- Leaking: If there are leaks coming from the unit.
- Water is not warm enough: The system is no longer able to properly heat the water.
- Cracks: There are cracks in the tank or in the system.
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