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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance


The hot water heater is a significant home appliance. It is needed for showers, dishwashers and more. As a result, it is very important to know when your water heater needs repairs and maintenance.

A subtle sign that your water heater needs attention is a decrease in water temperatures. With time, the heater may not be able to heat water as hot as it used to because the system is wearing down. If you live with other people it is a good idea to first make sure no one has changed the temperature for their own personal comfort or as a way to cut costs. If no one has, then it is probably a good idea to have someone come to check out the heater. While you may want to check for yourself, a professional will know what to look for, will accomplish the job quicker and safer, and may even find other problems.
Another sign that your heater needs maintenance is leaking pipes. Over time, metal pipes can rust and corrode. Although plastic pipes do not corrode, the glue keeping them connected can dissolve and the size may warp with wear and tear. It is important to realize that a problem may be much more serious than the surface appearance. The damage may have spread farther into the system and caused deeper more serious problems. While leaks may appear to be small, the internal extent of the corrosion could be very severe.
If any of the above problems appear, do not risk fixing the problem yourself, call a professional. A heater that needs to be fixed can affect everyone in your household as well as all the major appliances you use on a daily basis. Do not go another day without hot water. Do not let a small problem become a larger one. A professional will know how to properly access the problem and get your household back in working order.
Is the water heater in your Arlington home in need of repairs? Call The Plumbing Doctor at 703-525-9280 and schedule a service call today!