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Water Heater Repair: The Gift Any System Would Love This Holiday Season

Water Heater Repair: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Diamonds may be forever, but hot water in the mornings is a source of constant joy. When winter freezes the spirit of cheer, hot water thaws the heart, which is why for household happiness, it’s vital that the water heater remains in good repair. Maintaining a good relationship with a water heater requires attention, understanding, and knowing when it’s time to move on. In this article, plumbing experts offer insight into common water heater issues and their solutions. 

Signs a Water Heater Needs Repairs

A water heater is very considerate in demonstrating exactly when it needs repairs. Noticing a few simple signs will help decide when to bring in a plumbing company. 

  • Increasing Energy Bills: If it costs more and more each month to maintain a comfortable temperature, the water heater needs more tender care. 
  • Cold shower: Do showers feel like being rejected? A cold shoulder, time to move on, sort of message? Most likely, something along the line has gone wrong with the water heater. 
  • Rust-colored Water: No, the water heater is not trying to make everyone flee the house. Rust in the water is a cry for help. While it could be iron-producing bacteria causing the color change, it is more likely corrosion or sediment building up.

Why Do Water Heaters Break Down in the First Place?


Even with proper maintenance and attention, water heaters break down. Here are a few common reasons: 

  • Corrosion: As pieces of the internal porcelain coating crack, rust can enter the tank, leading to corrosion. It may also be due to the sacrificial anodes needing a replacement. 
  • Sediment: The natural minerals in water will accrete over time, slowly clogging the pipes. As the pipes fill, the pressure increases, and not only is it harder to get enough hot water, the pressure itself will become an issue. 
  • High Water Pressure: Too much pressure coming into the house can also damage the pipes. The effect is the same, but without the sediment buildup over time. 
  • Wrong Size Heater: While it may seem simple, the needs of a house can change. If the heater is not the right size, it can lead to overuse and long term damage. 
  • Old Age: Most heaters age out between 8 and 12 years. Like an athlete, they have a limit to their peak performance. Once they pass on too long, they may be beyond repair.

Is It Time for Replacement?

Newer water heaters in good condition can be repaired, often by replacing just the right equipment or fixing any of the issues mentioned above. But once a heater becomes too old, rusty, or too much sediment builds up, it may be time for a replacement. One clear sign that a new water heater should be installed is a leaking storage tank. If leaking is present, chances are the tank is beyond repair and should be replaced.


But a new water heater can also be an opportunity for a better life. Larger, more efficient models heat water more quickly. In the long run, the money saved on efficiency may pay for the heater itself. 

About Rupcoe Plumbing

Since 1985, Rupcoe Plumbing has served the community of Central New Jersey. Dedicated to customer satisfaction and quality work, Rupcoe Plumbing provides reliable solutions. From routine maintenance to emergency care, Rupcoe Plumbing is there for their clients. Give them a call today for water heater repair in Plainfield, along with a range of other plumbing services.