If you are like many homeowners, you are not thinking about your water heater very often. This means you are not aware that your water heater is struggling or approaching the end of its lifespan. Most homeowners don’t often check the water heater at all unless it suddenly stops giving us the hot water we want and need. A failing unit can even lead to a bigger problem if you don’t recognize or choose to ignore any of the tell-tale signs that a water heater failure is quickly approaching.
The best thing you can do for your home is to learn more about your water heater. If you notice any of these four symptoms, it’s time to call an expert professional for water heater repair:
#1 Low water pressure. One thing you’ll want to keep an eye out for are mineral deposits. These can lead to many serious issues with your water heater. It will make your unit inefficient, as well as build up and block pipes. This reduces the water pressure that’s coming out of your sinks, showers, and water-using appliances.
#2 Odd noises. Like any appliance or machine, you want to be aware of what noises are normal and what sounds are a sign of an issue. It is normal to hear a little noise from your water heater as it is running and heating the water. If you hear banging, cracking, or popping sounds from the unit, it is time to call a repair technician to come out and inspect the unit. Built-up mineral deposits can make the appliance overheat because it works harder to keep your water hot. A unit that is working too hard and getting too hot is going to let you know!
#3 Cold water. A water heater that is about to break will either produce lukewarm water or insufficient amounts of hot water. As a general rule, a 40 or 50-gallon water heater should not have any difficulty supplying at least two to three showers in a row with warm, wonderful water. Once there is a build-up of sediment, your tank’s heating element will need to work harder than usual and won’t be able to output the amount of hot water it did in the past.
#4 Murky or cloudy water. Yuck! Cloudy water coming from the heater, sometimes accompanied by the smell of a metallic scent from your tap, means a failing water heater. The mineral deposits mentioned above can make their way out of the heater, clouding up the hot water from your faucets.
Do not delay any longer! Reach out to a water heater expert at Drainblaster Plumbing. We can be contacted by filling out the simple request form on our website or by calling 1 (205) 637-0668.