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Common Signs that Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

One of the most dreaded scenarios for any homeowner is a broken water heater. Granted, your unit won’t succumb to small wear or tear, but it does have the potential to give out when you least expect it. However, there is a way to prevent a random breakdown from happening: keeping a close eye on your unit, looking for these clear signs:

Strange Noises

The first clear sign of a broken water heater happens to be an array of strange noises. While the sounds won’t be horrendous, they will be clear enough for you to hear them when there’s silence in your home. Some of the most common noises include the following:

  • Cracking

  • Popping

  • Rattling

If you happen to hear any of these sounds, this indicates that your unit is on the verge of breaking down. At this moment, it’s imperative to schedule your repair appointment right way to keep your unit running up to speed and to avoid a full replacement.

No Hot Water

Another common sign to examine is the delivery of hot water in your home. Indeed, it’s possible for an older water heater to take some time to get the task done — but if the hot water doesn’t arrive within the next few minutes, then it’s evident that there’s a problem on your hands.

Although you might rule out that your unit is broken beyond belief, it’s possible that your water heater’s pilot light is out of commission. This essential part of your water heater acts like the heart of the unit — which will stop “pumping” hot water if it’s out.

If you think that the cause might be the pilot light, then a simple repair from a trusted professional will be able to handle the task at hand. However, if your unit's performance continues to worsen down the line, then it will need to be replaced — and Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help!

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.