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Does Your Water Heater Need Help?

Water heaters are a necessity for everyday life, and often a luxury taken for granted. A well-functioning unit can save energy, money, and water, all while keeping your H20 clean and safe. Routine maintenance can save you big bucks in the long run. Petri Plumbing & Heating can inspect and maintain your Brooklyn water heater, but there are signs you can look for on your own as well.Man in shower enjoys plenty of hot water from the water heater.

Noisy heater?

Sounds will inevitably emit from the unit with age. This problem can occur sooner in homes that consume more water.  Noise can simply be due be older heaters working harder, or any of the following issues:

  • Sediment build up
  • Water flow restriction
  • Condensation on the burner
  • A leak

Either way, it’s something that will require attention.

How old is your unit?

A decade is too old! Units must be flushed every year to ensure proper performance, so if you haven’t been keeping up with this task your water heater will wear out faster. Check your serial number and contact the manufacturer to find out more information about the age of your water heater.

Is your water hot enough?

Lukewarm water won’t get the job done. In order to sanitize cookware and clothes, water should get hot and stay hot. If your water isn’t getting as hot as it used to, it’s time for inspection or a new unit.

Do you see signs of rust in the water?

This common problem can be dangerous to your health, and the heater. Rust in hot water means that your tank is deteriorating from the inside out, and a leak is soon to come. Inspect the inside of the tank by fitting a hose to the drainage bib, turning the unit off, and draining. Check to see if the water is discolored. This will tell you if the rust is coming from the pipes or the heater itself.

Is it leaking?

Is there water around the base of the tank? Thousands of heating cycles cause metal to expand and contract, causing deterioration and splitting. A leak left unattended to can cause damage to the rest of your home. Make sure all seals, fittings, and pressure settings are correct. Often times, a water leak will require a tank replacement.

If your water heater needs professional help or if you are ready to update your unit, call us today! Call (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing & Heating online to schedule an appointment.

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