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What Are the Signs of Water Heater Trouble?

Is it time to replace your water heater?

water heater repair maineMost of the time, your water heater is quietly doing its job down in the cellar or utility closet.

If something does go wrong, it can be a stressful time. You’re left with no hot water for bathing, cleaning, dishwashing, laundry, and other needs. You also may face having to replace your water heater if it can’t be repaired, forcing you to act quickly rather than being able to consider all your options.

P. Gagnon & Son can help with anything related to your water heating needs, as we sell, install, maintain, and repair water heaters. When you need a new water heater, we’ll give you a FREE estimate. We also offer service plans to help you maintain your water heater, whether it’s propane- or oil-fired, while helping with repair costs.

Your water heater will let you know when it’s having problems or is near failing. Pay attention for the following signs.

Higher energy bills

Water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy usage. That means it could be the reason your energy costs have risen if you can’t explain it any other way. If it’s time to replace your water heater, upgrading to a tankless water heater can slash your water heating energy costs by one-third or greater!

Rusty water

If rusty water comes out when you turn on the hot water in your faucet, it’s an indicator that there may be rust inside your water heater tank. That rust often means that your water heater tank is corroding from the inside out and a leak or tank failure may soon follow. Get in touch with us right away so we can see what’s going on.

Wet floor around the water heater

Water heater leaks aren’t always easily seen. But even small leaks can leave a small puddle or damp floor around your water heater over time. If the floor around your water heater has wet or damp spots, contact us and we’ll come assess the situation.

Strange noises

If your water heater’s noises include clanging or rumbling when the water in the tank is being heated, it’s likely that there has been a buildup of sediment at the bottom of your water heater tank. Your water heater may be beyond repair and need to be replaced.

Even if you don’t see any of these problems yet, if your water heater is more than 10 years old, now is the time to start planning for replacement. That way, you’ll be ready when the time comes.

P. Gagnon & Son is the Seacoast Region’s leader for quality water heater installation, maintenance, and repairs. Contact us when you need service!