If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think very much about how much work your household’s water heater actually does. There is a much higher demand on it than say for your furnace, air conditioner, or other home comfort system because it must heat water 24/7 for use any day of the year, any time of the day. No matter the season, hot water must flow, right?
As you might imagine, all this work puts a lot of stress on the water heater. Although it doesn’t have very many moving parts that can break down, your water heater will eventually need professional repairs to keep it operational. Ignoring any signs that your water heater is malfunctioning can lead to it breaking down and can shorten its lifespan.
Read on as we uncover the signs that your water heater may indeed need repairs, and then be sure to dial our number!
The only location on your water heater where it’s okay to see water dripping from is the pressure relief valve. You may need repairs if the leakage seems excessive, but you probably don’t need a system replacement. If, however, there is a puddle of water under your water heater and you don’t know where this came from, it could be catastrophic.
There Is A Rumbling Noise Coming from the System
This is typically the result of something called scaling. Scaling happens when there is a build-up of hard water minerals–namely calcium and magnesium but sometimes iron as well. With routine, annual maintenance for your water heater, our technicians can flush the system so you don’t have this problem. If you hear this sound though, it’s time to reach out to our team.
You Notice Discolored Hot Water
Have you noticed red or orange-tinged water coming from any of the taps of your home? Are they the hot water taps? This can be for one of two reasons. Either your plumbing system has started to corrode, or your water heater has. Either way, it’s time to contact a professional plumber to have the situation remedied.
You See Corrosion
A tank water heater has a component in it called an anode rod. This rod is designed to absorb rust and corrosion so it doesn’t impact the lining of the water heater. However, this anode rod has to be changed every so often, and if it’s not then corrosion can reach the lining after all. If you see corrosion on the outside of the tank, it definitely means it’s time for a water heater replacement.
You Notice a Drop in Hot Water Volume
Let’s say your water doesn’t seem to stay hot as long as it used to. This is definitely a sign that something is failing, It could be the water heater’s heat exchanger or another problem. The only way to know for sure is to give us a call!