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Ask a Delaware County Plumber: When It’s Time For Water Heater Repair


At Feehan Plumbing & Heating, we pride ourselves on expert water heater installations, repairs, and maintenance. A reliable supply of hot water is one of the true pleasures of modern life and one that we all too often take for granted. We use our water heaters every single day, whether we think about it or not, for showers, laundry, washing dishes, and general housekeeping.

Although most water heaters are tough, durable pieces of equipment, about every 8-12 years units that have experienced a lot of use will begin to slowly break down. It’s not always easy to tell when this is coming, but at Feehan, we know the signs. Keep an eye out for these three warning signs that your water heater needs to be fixed up:

  1. Leaking tank: If your unit’s water tank begins leaking, this is one of the most obvious signs that it needs maintenance or repair. Chances are you’ll notice this one pretty quick and when you do, it’s very important that you immediately turn it off and drain the tank. Until this happens, repairs are out of the question. It is always best to contact a Feehan plumbing professional for water heater repairs involving a leaking tank.
  2. No hot water: If your water heater appears to be running but fails to produce hot water, it definitely needs repairs. In most cases, we can trace the problem to the top or bottom element of the water heater. If so, that particular component of your water heater might need replacement.
  3. Rusty water: Rust-colored water coming out of your faucet? There’s another sign it’s repair time for your water heater. This probably means too much sediment has accumulated at the bottom of your tank and needs to be cleaned out before it will begin functioning properly again. This is a fairly common repair, but rather than attempting to do it yourself and risking an injury or further damage to your water heater, it would be wise to call in a Feehan plumbing professional to handle the repairs for you.

Waking up to a home without hot water is an unpleasant scenario. So don’t let it come to that—call the water heater repair specialists at Feehan Plumbing & Heating today!

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