Often, in life, it is best to take a wait-and-see approach. Rather than rushing and worrying about something, we might take a little time and see whether the problem gets better or worse. However, when it comes to your water heater, you shouldn’t let problems continue. If you don’t get repairs promptly, the consequences can be dreadful.
Getting prompt water heater repairs when necessary is easier when you know what to look for. Here are some signs you should never ignore.
Decreased Hot Water Flow
If you can get hot water at the right temperature but with a lot less water pressure than you used to have, chances are, this is an easy problem to address. Sediment (particles settling out of your water) or scaling (minerals being deposited from your water) are your most likely culprits.
These cause no risk to your health, but as they build up, they can diminish the space in your hot water tank or narrow the lines your hot water flows through. A qualified plumber can flush your system, washing away sediment and scaling and leaving your water heater and plumbing fresh and clean.
Discoloration or Odor
If your water seems off, first take note of whether it’s only your hot water that’s affected. In that case, the water heater is to blame. If your cold water is also smelly or discolored, the problem lies elsewhere in your water lines.
Having the anode rod replaced may resolve this problem, as most odor and discoloration is caused by bacteria or rust. The anode rod makes the tank a more hostile environment for bacteria and can delay the development of rust for many years. But if the inside of the tank is riddled with corrosion, you’ll need to replace your water heater.
Sizzling, gurgling, cracking, popping, rumbling, whining: all these words have been used to describe problematic water heater sounds. These can indicate a wide variety of issues. The most important thing to know is that no appliance, be it a water heater, an air conditioner, a furnace, or something else, should make strange and unexpected noises. When they do, get them repaired.
If your hot water temperature is inconsistent, it may be that a steady temperature is not being maintained by the water heater or that the hot water is running out more quickly than it used to. Either is cause for concern. The hydrostat (the water version of a thermostat) may be sending the wrong signals, a heating element may be failing, or sediment may have filled so much of the tank that there’s a lot less space for water.
Any time you see dripping or pooling below your water heater, repairs are necessary. With luck, the leak is from a connection point that just needs to be tightened or a minor part that needs to be replaced. If the tank itself has lost structural integrity, it’s time for a new one.
In short, never ignore the warning signs of water heater problems in Ferry Pass, FL. Getting a plumber to look at it right away could be the difference between a quick repair and a total system replacement.
Contact the team at Commander Air Inc. Your hometown heating and cooling specialist for three generations.