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Watch Out for These Signs of Water Heater Trouble

Is your water heater not supplying you with enough hot water? Are you standing in cold water at the end of your shower? Are you paying too much to keep your water heater going? As one of the major appliances in the home, your water heater needs not only to be functional, but also efficient. While preventive maintenance is best, there are plenty of problems that can arise no matter how hard you try to avoid them. Let’s have a look at some things to look out for.

Loud Sounds and Strange Noises

If it sounds as though your water heater is boiling the water that it should only be heating, then it may need to be flushed out. It’s important to make sure that your system is thoroughly cleaned on a routine basis to prevent scale and sediment build-up. If there are any other noises coming from your water heater, then let a plumber investigate.

Higher-Than-Usual Bills

Compare this month’s electricity or gas bill to the last month’s. Are there any noticeable differences? It can be hard to find patterns, but considering that hot water accounts for as much as 18% of your energy bill, you may want to have another look. A professional can evaluate your system to see if there are any opportunities for improved efficiency.

Lack of Hot Water

It’s probably the most obvious sign that you need to call for a water heater inspection, but it often creeps up on homeowners. When sized correctly, your water heater should be able to provide you with abundant hot water so that running appliances and allowing everyone to take a hot shower is not a negotiation process. But if your system is older than 10 years, or your hot water needs have changed with the construction of an addition, then we can help.

For expert water heater repair in Chevy Chase and surrounding areas, you can rely on Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. Call today to schedule an appointment.