3 Symptoms That Your Hot Water Needs Maintenance
Although the biggest sign that your hot water heater has an issue is hard to miss, given that it includes a total lack of hot water throughout the home, it's important to note that there are other symptoms of an issue to consider as well. Fortunately, those signs are a bit more subtle, but you will need to know what to watch for. Therefore, the following information will be quite helpful to anyone who hopes to avoid an ice-cold shower on a freezing cold day.
#1-When You Notice That Rusty Or Discolored Water Is Coming From Your Faucets
A common mistake that homeowners often make is the assumption that a bit of discoloration in the water is normal, as long as it's not too bad and that it doesn't appear every time. The truth is that most of the time, clean water is the best water, unless a known additive has been added to the water. The presence of rust, and the discoloration of water that it is associated with, means that the hot water tank is contaminated, often by oxidized rust.
That rust is not harmful, but often presents with a less than desirable appearance, smell and taste. It can also stain items with which it comes into contact with, including clothing, showers, dishes, etc. The oxidized rust could come from anywhere the water has touched, including the hot-water heater, pipes, etc. If it is only present in hot or warm water, there is an excel vent chance that it is stemming from the hot water heater or the pipes that are transporting the heated water from the unit. Regardless, when you want water that is clear and tastes as it should, it's time to get a water heater repair expert to determine what the problem is.
#2-When The Hot Water Heater Is Unusually Loud
Although it is not unusual for you to hear your hot water heater as it heats and releases water, if that sound seems to occur significantly more often than it has previously, the issue could be due to the presence of sediment within the actual tank. The sediment itself is common to hot water heaters, but as it builds up, it should be removed by a professional.
If it is permitted to linger within the tank, the unit will need to work harder and you are more likely to experience issues with the temperature of the heated water. In addition, that sediment will eventually damage and in addition to having to repair or replace the hot water heater, there could also be a big mess to clean up due to leakage.
#3-When You See That Leak
The leak mentioned above is also something to watch out for. Although it might occur due to the sediment buildup, it might also manifest due to damaged connections, broken pipes or even a leak in the unit. However, since standing water is rarely a good sign, it's best to speak with an expert about your concerns.
In conclusion, it is easy to forget how important a hot water heater is, until the day it turns into a cold water storage tank. In order to prevent any unpleasantly cold showers and dirty, unsanitary dishes, it's best to know that the above signs are often associated with a damaged or failing hot water.