Sometimes we don’t realize how much we use hot water on a daily basis. When you experience issues with your water heater, you realize really quickly how important it is that your hot water is up and running. If your hot water heater is in trouble, there are likely going to be signs that indicate you have a problem before it stops working completely. Randall’s Plumbing is here to talk about some of the signs that point to water heater problems so you can move quickly if you notice any of them in your home.
Not Enough Hot Water to Fill Bathtub etc
Does it seem like you are constantly running out of hot water when you need it? This is a big sign that your hot water heater is on its way out. Maybe you have noticed that there is no hot water coming out at all. This could be a problem with the pilot light. Not enough hot water is probably an issue with the heating element that isn’t producing enough hot water for your needs.
Water from Tap Smells or is Discolored
No one wants to smell something foul when they are rinsing out their toothbrush in the morning. If you smell something unpleasant when you turn on your hot water, there is probably some bacteria growth in the hot water tank. It’s a good idea to flush your tank every year to avoid this problem. If you have noticed that the water coming out of the tap is discolored or dirty looking, there is probably mineralization or sediment in your tank that is coming out in the water. Any buildup like this in the water tank will make your hot water heater far less efficiently and could be a sign that the anode rod needs to be replaced.
Water Heater Making High Pitched Hissing Noise
There are several things that can cause strange noises to come from water tank. If you don’t have proper training, it can be difficult to pinpoint the problem right away. One of the most common issues that come with banging, hissing or popping noises is sediment build up in the tank. You can remove sediment by flushing the tank, but if you don’t get to the bottom of what’s causing it, you will likely run into the same problem again.
Water Leaking from Top or Bottom
You should never see any leaking coming from your hot water tank. If you notice that there is any leaking coming from your hot water heater, you should turn off the water to the tank immediately and call the plumbing professionals at Randall’s Plumbing to come take a look at it. If you notice that there is leaking, you are probably facing replacement rather than repair.