Water heaters are important to the comfort and functionality of a home. A disruption in hot water supply isn’t just inconvenient, but usually it’s an emergency situation. However, it’s inevitable that over time internal parts can corrode or become covered in mineral buildup. Unless you decide to perform maintenance on your water heater, efficiency is bound to decline. The best scenario is to replace your water heater before it fails completely. Luckily, there are some signs that indicate a potential water heater failure. Here’s what to look for…
1. Examine the water coming out of the faucets. Chunks of sediment indicate it’s time to clean out your unit. If water appears muddy or rusty this could suggest there is a problem.
2. Hot water that smells or tastes metallic typically comes from dissolved iron or iron bacteria in the water. Sometimes it is enough to significantly change the levels and alter the taste. This is not a sign to ignore.
3. Observe the noises coming from your water heater. Low humming sounds are completely normal and usually most heard when the tank is filling up after use. Noises to keep an eye out for include loud pops or cracks. These signify a buildup of scale and minerals that’s adversely affecting the heater’s operation.
4. Leaking water that pools underneath and around the unit requires immediate attention. This is one of the telltale signs the heater is finished. Corrosion inside the tank has built up enough to penetrate the walls of the unit causing the leak.
5. Temperature problems and inconsistencies could imply potential water heater failure. If the water isn’t the desired temperature, it’s likely the heater’s efficiency is failing. If there is no hot water, there could be an issue with the heating element.
Most of the water heaters we see on the market today require little to no maintenance. However, as with most appliances, routine maintenance can eliminate costly repairs. Bi-yearly maintenance is suitable for most water heaters. Whether you suspect signs of water heater failure, or need a repair, our experienced and professional team is ready to get you back up and running. Contact us today!