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3 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Help

Water heaters should be dependable. When you turn on the faucet during the day in order to do some dishes, you’re going to want there to be hot water coming from it. Otherwise, not only will you be frustrated, but your dishes will remain dirty and your mind will wander into the “what happened” zone. If your water heater is constantly doing this to you, then it might be time to get it fixed.

But is a water heater something you can fix on your own? Is this just the system acting up every once in a while? Do you really need repairs, or will things get better on their own? These questions tend to pop up every once in a while, and we understand why. Water heater repairs in Marrero, LA can be expensive. They’re necessary if you’re encountering the following issues.

The Water Heater Is Scalding Hot

Have you ever turned on the hot water in the shower, only to almost be burned by water that seems way hotter than you intended it to be? This is a problem that could be sourced from a number of different things. Here are just a few.

  • There is mineral content in your water that is causing the temperature to fluctuate too much, or the system to fill up less and heat up more.
  • The thermostat component is malfunctioning.
  • The temperature is set too high.
  • The pressure relief valve is blocked.

Don’t try to fix these problems on your own. Call one of our professionals to have it quickly fixed so that you don’t accidentally get burned by your water heater.

There’s a Strange Odor

Odors can mean multiple things. A “rotten egg-like smell” would signify that your gas water heater is leaking gas and could be a fire hazard. A “dirty sock smell” would be more akin to mold spreading through your home as the water heater is likely leaking somewhere dark and damp.

The point we’re trying to get across is that a well-functioning water heater system shouldn’t smell like anything. It’s just a machine, like your dishwasher or your washing machine, and if it smells bad then it’s likely dealing with an issue that needs to be fixed.

It Takes Forever to Heat Up

Do you have a water heater that takes forever to heat up? Perhaps you’ve got a storage-tank water heater that needs to run for a long time just to heat up the water in the tank. Or maybe you’ve got a tankless water heater that’s starting to show signs of wear and tear due to the fact that it takes forever to heat the water coming into your home.

Regardless, this is a problem, and it might be due to something that can be fixed by a repair or through replacement. A water heater should be able to deliver hot water quickly, whether from a tank or directly from the water line, and if it doesn’t, then it needs to be addressed.

Contact Natal’s HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical for water heater service honoring the Golden Rule!

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