As the temperature continues to drop, it is essential you know the signs of a failing water heater. Now is the time we plumbers can become the busiest. You don’t want to be stuck taking cold showers or not being able to wash dishes or clothes. Learn the signs not to ignore below.
1. Strange Noises
A water heater should be felt not heard. Most models operate quietly enough. They should definitely not be heard from the attic, basement, closet, or wherever it may be located. You should especially be aware of any banging or rumbling noises. These usually happen near the end of your water heater’s lifespan. Calcium buildup from hard water collects in the tank’s bottom over time. The sediment builds and hardens until it becomes a thick crust that can cause these noises to happen when the unit is in use.
We recommend annual flushing of your tank water heater depending on the unit and its usage. In fact, it is often a requirement for keeping your warranty valid. You should contact a water heater professional to help you out with this.
2. Water Heats Slowly, Not Enough, or Not at All
Your water heater can do the above for any number of reasons. Everything from loss of power to failure of essential components can lead to disaster. Of course, some of these issues are easy to fix. However, a breakdown of essential components can be expensive to repair. In fact, it may be more practical to get a new unit. Just remember if you can’t get hot water as much as you used to or for as long, it could be the sign of a failing water heater.
3. Dirty Water – Especially Hot
Any form of red, yellow, or any other type of tinted hot water coming from any faucet often means rust. Does the dirty water appear both when the hot or cold water is running? When only the hot water is compromised, it is often a sign that the inside of the tank has rusted and will no longer be able to provide clean, hot water. Dirty water that comes from both the hot and cold side can be a number of other issues but probably not the water heater.
4. Leaks or Pools of Liquid Around Water Heater
We first recommend you check to see if the leak has originated from a valve, fitting, etc. It may be able to be repaired with a tightening or replacement. However, we recommend you have a professional confirm the issue and make the repair. Leaks that come from the water heater’s tank itself are the sign of a much bigger problem with its internal mechanisms. The tank itself could be cracked, corroded, or otherwise compromised.
Click here to see how to prevent further damage if your water heater is leaking.
Sudbury Signs of a Failing Water Heater & Repair
Our team can help you identify and repair the cause of your failing water heater, as well as recommend a course of action be it repair or replace. We also have the experience to address many other related plumbing needs. Our service areas include Chelmsford, Lively, the Valley Area and more. Contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote for your water heater.