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5 Signs You Need a Water Heater Repair


If you’ve ever gone camping then you’ve likely come home and almost immediately went for a hot shower. You shouldn’t have to be without hot water to appreciate it though!

When it comes to getting repairs for this system, you want to try to get things fixed before you’re without hot water. To help, we’ll tell you about the signs you need a water heater repair in Lake Oswego, OR. Knowing these warning signs will help you get ahead of the problem.

Sign #1. Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure isn’t a good sign at any time. However, in this case, when you notice low water pressure specifically when getting hot water, then it’s likely a sign of trouble with your hot water heater or your hot water pipes. If it’s the water heater itself, then you may need to have your water heater’s pressure relief valve or hot water outlet checked.

Sign #2. Higher Water and Energy Bills

A water heater that’s struggling to create and distribute hot water may end up costing you more over time. Extra energy and water may be used to try to make up for the lack of hot water that you’re getting. As a result, you’ll see higher energy and water bills. If you don’t have a different reason that explains the rise in your bills then it means you need to have your system checked.

Sign #3. Longer Wait Times for Hot Water

You turn on the hot water tap and expect hot water in a minute or two. Instead, after several minutes, you’ve only just started to receive lukewarm water. That is a delay that should concern you because it means something is very wrong with your water heater. Call an expert to check things out before you end up without hot water.

Sign #4. Concerning Noises

Lastly, the next time it’s possible, go listen to your water heater while someone is using hot water. This will give you a chance to see if there are any noises that the system is making which indicate trouble. For example, hearing a high-pitched whistle known as kettling can be a sign of sediment build-up trapping water and causing it to get so hot it becomes steam.

Sign #5. Red or Brown Water

When you turn on a hot water tap, do you notice that the water seems to be a different color than usual? A reddish or brownish tint to your hot water can be a likely indicator of corrosion in your hot water heater. Get this addressed ASAP before it starts to impact the body of your water heater and lead to a replacement need.

If you’ve noticed that something seems off about your water heater lately, then reaching out to a professional technician is your best option. We can perform a tune-up to start and address any and all repairs that we find.

For HVAC, indoor air quality, and water heater services, look no further than the team that is “Connecting People to Comfort”–Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us today!

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