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How To Tell Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

All of your home appliances need repairs at some point. This even includes your water heater, although most homeowners don’t think about water heaters having problems that need to be fixed. But what happens when your water heater shows signs of needing repair? 

If you can identify the signs of water heater repairs early, you can get it repaired before these problems get worse. If you’re seeing signs that you need a new water heater in Clackamas, OR, give our team a call. We can help you determine whether your heater needs repair or replacement. You can keep reading to learn more about potential water heater repairs so you can stay ahead of problems. 

No Hot Water

It may seem pretty obvious that if you’re not getting any hot water, your water heater is to blame. Unfortunately, by the time you have no hot water at all, this can mean that there is a big problem with the heating element on your water heater.

Of course, there could also be an issue with the thermostat, but it will take an expert to access the problem and determine what needs to be repaired or replaced. The good news is that as long as there are no other problems, your entire water heater shouldn’t need to be replaced, just the problem component.

Unusual Sounds

You may not spend much time close to your water heater since it is usually located in a garage or closet. However, at least once a month, you should check out your water heater for any signs of repair needs. When you do this, you may hear unusual sounds which are never normal for your water heater. If you hear popping or knocking, this is a sign that you have sediment buildup on the bottom of the water tank that is usually caused by hard water. 

Thankfully, this is an easy fix and your water heater just needs to be flushed out. However, keep in mind that if you do have sediment buildup due to hard water, you will need to continue getting the tank flushed out annually. If not, the sediment could cause corrosion that damages your water tank from the inside out. When this happens, your water will begin to have a rust-colored tinge to it. 


Many homeowners think an occasional water heater leak is not a problem. After all, it is a water appliance. However, your water heater needs to be completely airtight to prevent corrosion. If there is a crack causing the leak, your entire water heater may need to be replaced. However, other types of leaks may be caused by a valve or plumbing connection that isn’t secure and needs to be replaced. 

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

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