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Most homes have a conventional water heater that is used as a source of hot water. This unit has a tank used to keep water heated when it is needed. Problems that occur with a conventional water heater will typically require troubleshooting by a professional New Port Richey, FL plumber.
No Hot Water
A water heater in a home that has no hot water can indicate no power to the unit. Water heaters will be powered by electricity or gas. This means that there may be an issue with the circuit breaker or gas supply. Units that run on gas will typically have a pilot light. If the pilot light is out, then the unit will not turn on and properly heat water.
Popping or whining noises often indicate a build up of sediment at the bottom of the unit. This can lead to water actually boiling inside the tank. A plumber will need to flush water from the tank to clear some of the sediment to fix the problem. Too much sediment build up also increases the amount of energy the water heater uses. Flushing the unit will help make it run more efficiently.
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A conventional water heater will have an average lifespan of between 10 and 15 years. A homeowner is able to extend the life of a water heater by having routine maintenance performed. Another way that the unit may last longer is to use soft water. This typically requires installing a hot water heater. Installing a water softener will also eliminate virtually all sediment build up in the tank.
Leaking from a water heater can mean the tank has rusted through or there is a loose connection. The pipes for the water heater may not have been fully tightened or the drain valve is leaking. A previous flush of the unit may have been done and the function was not fully restored. A plumber will need to check the tank and examine the entire unit to determine if a repair is needed or if a replacement is necessary. Leaks can mean the water heater may be ready to fail.