If it's time for a water heater replacement, Lawrenceville, GA is the place to look.
When you’re looking for water heater replacement in Lawrenceville, GA, Anthony Wimpey Plumbing is the plumber to call. Before you spring for that new hot water helper, though, it's important to know the reasons why you might need a new one. The answers might surprise you. Here are ten freaky reasons you might soon be looking at water heater replacement.
1. Rumbling and Pinging
Sound like someone set up an auto shop in your basement or water heater closet? If so, you've probably got an impending replacement on your hands. Pings and knocks occur when minerals from water settle to the bottom of the tank as sediment. Bubbles get trapped in the sediment buildup, and make burbling, popping, pinging and knocking noises as they break free when the water heats up. You may be able to get away with flushing the tank, but if sediment has hardened over time, you need a new one.
2. You Can’t Get Hot Water
Maybe cold water doesn’t seem “freaky” to you, but ask yourself again at 6:30 in the morning, when you’re trying to rush off to work while simultaneously preparing kids for school and sports, band practice and abacus lessons … or whatever it is kids do these days. If you’re stuck in a Soviet Gulag-style nightmare, frantically soaping yourself with chattering teeth, you’ll soon agree that cold water is pretty out there. And not in a good way.
3. Steam Rising from the Tank
Pop quiz: Should you see steam rising from around your tank? Answer: No, you should not see steam rising from around your tank. It happens when water leaks out of a crack or fissure in the tank while it’s heating up, and while it's not necessarily dangerous, it may do significant damage to your foundations or surrounding structures. So let's upgrade that to a "hard no" on seeing steam. If you do, call someone right away.
4. Mysterious Puddles Around the Heater
If there are no cracks in the tank, but you still see intermittent puddling around it, you’re probably pretty confused. No one blames you since it’s not always possible to catch the culprit in the act of leaking. If it isn’t the tank, though, chances are the fittings, connections or temperature/pressure overflow pipe have sprung a leak.
5. Water Doesn’t Heat When It’s Cold Out
Does it seem like sometimes you have enough hot water, but other times you don’t? It could be your tank is able to heat room temperature water when its warm out, but can’t deal with the frigid temps that sometimes characterize the water entering the heater. If that’s the case, the water heater is likely too old to cope with temperature changes. That means you shouldn’t have to cope with it. Replacement time.
6. You Can’t Flush Water Out the Drain Valve
Here’s a fact about drains: They’re supposed to drain. If you can’t flush water out of the drain valve, then not only does that compromise your tank’s effectiveness, it makes it hard to clean and operate it safely. If you see a freaky lack of water when you're trying to drain the drain, you likely have a sediment buildup and, again, need replacement. (Also, we challenge you to a contest to see who can use "drain" the most times in one paragraph. Drain.)
7. Your Water Runs Red
No, the plagues of Exodus are not returning, so no need to worry about locusts or boils or anything else. However, if your water starts to look a bit red, that’s a good sign your water heater ain’t doing so good. Water should be clear (obviously), and if it’s not, chances are rust is building up inside your tank. That probably not only means you need a new one but that you might want to consider a tankless number that won’t cause this problem in future.
8. Rusty Pipes
Rust doesn’t only appear in the water. If you see it on or around your faucets, No Bueno. Ditto if it appears at the base of faucets or handles, on screws or washers, or even on the bathtubs, sinks, and showers in the house. Any rust at all is a bad sign, and while it might also be coming from the pipes, there’s a good chance your water heater is to blame. Of course, no one wants to throw false accusations around, so it’s a good idea to call in a plumber for an official diagnosis.
9. The Serial Number Is Talking to You
No, the sticker on the back of your water heater hasn’t developed language skills. Still, the serial number can tell you a lot about whether or not your water heater is still good to go. It takes a minute to figure out how to read it, though.
Most serial numbers use letters to represent the month of manufacture. A through M represent January through December. So, for instance, D stands for April. The year may take one of several tacks. Either it uses letters as well or may use numerals. The serial number may also use numerals to indicate the week rather than the month. Confused? Check this handy guide.
10. It Ate the Cat
We’re just saying, if the water heater has sprouted spindly little machine arms and is using them to eat your cat, you probably don't want that heater around any longer. Seems dangerous, no? Of course, if it does generate its own arms (or if the serial number is talking to you), that’s probably a good sign the Robopocalypse has finally arrived and we’re all about to need all the comfort we can get. In which case … there’s not much time to ensure you have a steady supply of hot water during the long wars and rebuilding process ahead.
Okay, fine. We’re kidding about the cat/robot scenario. Still, if you need a new water heater, it’s best to jump on a replacement now. Not only will it save you money, acting fast can potentially prevent costlier repairs down the road.
So You Need a Water Heater Replacement in Lawrenceville, GA? What Now?
If a new water heater is in the stars, it’s time to get in touch with a plumber. We can help you decide between water heater brands, types, and costs. For instance, while the conventional water heater costs less initially, you may wind up spending more during the 10-12 year lifespan of the unit.
So there are lots of factors to consider, with which you will likely need professional help.
Here at Anthony Wimpey Plumbing, our team has proudly served Covington, Conyers, Monroe, and Loganville for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve built up a huge network of dedicated relationships with customers, vendors and pizza places. So, you know, if you ever need a pie recommendation, we’re here for you. (And yes, of course, you can call us about the plumbing stuff as well.)
All pepperoni aside, we pride ourselves on excellent, family-owned and family-operated service, customer-first attitudes, and unparalleled availability and response time. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we respond to plumbing emergencies with the speed and, dare we say, the enthusiasm you want in your time of need.
If you need water heater replacement in Lawrenceville, GA, Anthony Wimpey Plumbing has you covered. Feel free to put us to the test by calling 770-385-5660 in Social Circle or 770-415-8133 for Lawrenceville. You can also request a free quote through our website, and we’ll get back to you stat with the information you need to make the right decision. Our team is here to help, day or night, for life.