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Is Your Water Heater Giving More Tricks Than Treats?

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Fall is here and brings with it many things: pumpkin spice lattes, the changing of leaves, cooler temperatures, and getting ready for Halloween. After the excessive use your water heater went through over the summer, now’s the time when you might be noticing your water heater is giving you tricks instead of treats, just in time for spooky season. 

From terrifying noises to horrifyingly cold showers, here are some signs that indicate you need water heater repair in Pomaria, SC. The last thing you want to do with a seemingly haunted water heater is to ignore the problem because that could lead to a full-blown nightmare. 

Lukewarm Water

Having your hot shower go cold halfway through is truly a tale of spine-tingling horror! Unfortunately, there are many possible causes of a water heater that’s not delivering enough hot water to your home. 

One of the most common causes is a mineral buildup in your water heater that narrows the space through which hot water passes through. Sediment can also build up on the heating element. These are common issues in areas with hard water. However, you can rest assured that this is an easy fix for a professional plumber. We can perform a water heater flush that will eliminate the mineral buildup.

Stinky Water

If the water coming from all the taps smells as foul as a witch’s brew, it could be an issue with your sewer line. However, if you notice the stinky stench when it’s just the hot water that’s running, this could be caused by your water heater. 

There’s a component in your water heater called an anode rod, and its purpose is to attract sediment and minerals to prevent corrosion. When the anode rod wears down, you may smell bacterial contamination and notice rusty or reddish-brown colors in your water similar to the color of the fall leaves outside.

Spooky Sounds

Gurgling, hissing, banging, screeching, and popping noises can give you a fright when you’re used to your water heater running silently! Any sudden and unusual sounds are cause for concern. These noises could indicate anything from a mineral buildup to a restriction in the water flow. Whatever the cause, one of our plumbers can pinpoint what’s wrong and return your water heater to quiet operation and restore your peace of mind.

Signs of Leaking

A leaking water heater is the scariest thing you could experience. That’s because leaks anywhere in your home have the potential to become a horrible nightmare! You could end up with major water damage in your home by letting even a small leak continue unchecked.

It’s much easier to fix a water heater—or even get a new one—than it is to repair water damage to a home. Give us a call if you ever see water leaking from your water heater.

When you need a reliable team to exorcise the demons from your water heater, you can depend on us!

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today for water heater repair in Pomaria, SC!

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