After an exhausting day, the first thing most people want to do is take a long, relaxing shower. And there’s nothing worse than jumping into the shower ready to unwind and enjoy the warmth only to be met with the shock of cold water. 

If the water in your home is suddenly cold, lukewarm, or just not getting to the right temperature, it’s likely an issue with your hot water heater. You can diagnose your water heater problems by contacting us at Valley City Mechanical. We offer a range of water heater services and are here when you need us!

If you’re unsure if your water heater needs to be serviced or replaced, or have questions about when you should seek professional help and services, here are five signs that your hot water heater might be on its last legs. 

Your Water Isn’t As Warm As It Once Was

One of the first signs that you might need a water heater repair or a water heater replacement is any abnormal change or fluctuations in your water temperature. If your water is no longer heating up, is taking a long time to heat up or just isn’t getting as hot as it normally does, this could indicate that there’s a problem with your water heater. 

If you’re also experiencing periods where your water temperature fluctuates (isn’t normal and then returns to normal only to change again), you might want to consult a professional who can investigate the issue. 

Your Hot Water Is Tinted Red

A reddish tint to your hot water as it’s coming out of any of the different taps in your home could mean that the interior of your hot water heater is rusting or contains rust.

If your water looks even slightly red or you think it looks reddish, you shouldn’t second guess yourself. You should immediately consult a professional about a water heater replacement as drinking rusty water could harm your health.  

You Notice Water Leaking From Your Water Heater

You should be sure to check (at least semi-regularly) that there isn’t water leaking from and collecting around the bottom of your water heater, as this could indicate a leak and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. 

If you inspect your water heater and notice any potential leaks or water surrounding the base of the heater you should seek out professional services, such as those that we offer at Valley City Mechanical.

Your Heater Has Required Multiple Repairs In The Past Year

One sign that you will probably need a water heater replacement soon is having to have your current water heater serviced multiple times. 

If you find yourself contacting professionals for water heater repairs more than two or three times in a year, it’s likely that your water heater will need to be replaced altogether. You can still contact other professionals and seek out second opinions to see if repairs are a good option for your heater, but considering a total replacement might be more cost-effective.

Your System Has Over 15-20 Years Of Age

The typical lifespan of a water heater is 15-20 years. If your water heater is approaching, somewhere within or beyond this age range, it’s generally good practice to get it evaluated, and potentially replaced, by a professional 

If your water heater is 15-20 years old or older AND malfunctioning, you should definitely consult a professional about getting a replacement water heater installed. 

Contact Us

If you’re experiencing any issues with your hot water heater and don’t know where to turn, contact us at Valley City Mechanical. We offer a range of water heater services in the Byron Center, MI area (including water heater repair and replacement), have a team you can trust, and are ready to help! Call us today or request services on our website to consult with a professional.