Is Your Hot Water Heater Trying to Tell You Something?
A water heater is one of those appliances that’s usually out of sight and out of mind – that is, until it stops working. Then we realize how important a role it plays in our daily lives and comfort. To help you spot hot water heater problems early, before your appliance actually breaks down, we’ve compiled a list of warning signs of common hot water heater problems.
- Water Too Hot or Too Cold – If you notice that your hot water is colder or hotter than normal, then your hot water heater’s thermostat might be failing. The thermostat is an important component of the hot water heater which controls the temperature inside the water tank, and it should be replaced when it stops working properly.*Strange Noises – If you hear strange noises coming from your hot water heater’s tank, it could mean a build-up of sediment in the tank is causing water to get so hot that it boils. Regularly having the tank flushed, and the elements and other components cleaned, can prevent this build-up.
- Water at Base of Water Heater – A tiny amount of moisture in and around your hot water heater can simply be caused by condensation, but any significant amount of water is a sign of trouble. To determine whether moisture around your tank is from condensation or from a leak, wipe the tank and around it with a dry cloth, and then observe to try to pinpoint where the moisture is coming from. Some leaks are the result of damaged overflow pipes or loose fittings and connections. However, a larger leak may mean that your tank has rusted through and your hot water heater needs to be replaced.
- Rust-colored Hot Water – If the water that comes only from your hot water faucets has a rust color, this is another sign that your hot water tank is rusting through and nearing the end of its life.
- Smelly Hot Water – If your hot water has a bad smell, it could mean that you have dangerous bacteria growing in your hot water heater. The temperature on your hot water heater may need to be readjusted to kill the bacteria or it may need to be cleaned.
If you notice one or more of these warning signs, call us today for a thorough hot water heater inspection. Don’t wait until your hot water heater breaks down and disrupts your life.