6 Indicators That Your Water Heater Needs Repairing

November 24, 2022

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A faulty water heater may not seem like a big deal until you end up taking an unexpected ice-cold shower one chilly morning. This is why staying on top of your water heater maintenance is crucial for your household, especially around winter.

Enjoying a hot experience, running your dishwasher, and washing your clothes are a few examples of home luxuries that necessitate hot water.

To ensure things continue to run smoothly, water heater maintenance is imperative. To help you understand when your water heater needs repair, we have mentioned 6 indicators in this blog.

If you witness these six indicators, call upon professional HVAC services to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Also read: Water Heater Maintenance Tips For Fall And Winter

Temperature Changes In The Water

If there is a problem with your water heater, you will notice a change in the temperature of your water. Even if you don’t make any changes to the water temperature, it will continue to fluctuate. This is usually caused by mineral deposits accumulating around the water heater’s heating components. As soon as you notice frequent fluctuations in the water temperature, contact a professional water heater repair expert.

Hot Water Pressure Has Reduced

Mineral deposits can wreak havoc on your water heater by lowering the pressure of the hot water. Their accumulation in the water heater’s heating components can lead to pipe blockage.

As a result, the pressure of the water coming from the water heater is reduced. Furthermore, an ageing water heater can result in decreased water pressure. You must hire an HVAC professional to repair your water heater.

Unusual Taste

Your water lines may be rusted if your water tastes metallic. If both hot and cold water have an unusual taste, there may be corrosion in your water pipes.

If only the hot water is dirty, the problem may be inside your water heater.

You may also encounter water that smells like rotten eggs, which is due to mineral deposits. Regular maintenance will help to keep them from causing damage to the inside of your water heater.

Strange Noises From The Water Heater

A small amount of noise from the water heater is normal. However, if this noise becomes more frequent and louder over time, it may indicate that the water heater needs repairing.

This occurs when mineral deposits accumulate near the heating components. Calcium and dirt particles at the bottom of the tank form a layer that makes it difficult for the heater to warm the water.

Noises are to be expected. If you hear a distinct knocking, cracking, or banging racket sound coming from your water heater, it could be an indication of a problem.

If the residue inside has thickened, your water heater may become less efficient. This could result in high energy costs and possible system failure.

The mineral deposits in the water heater make noises, so if you hear strange noises coming from the water heater, it’s because the mineral deposits are jostling around. You must flush them out of the heater using professional help.

Water Discoloration

It should go without saying that the only water that should come out of your faucet should be colourless. Due to high water pressure, your water may appear hazy at times, but it should turn colourless once the pressure has evened out.

Your water heater is to blame if the water coming out of your faucets is brownish, rusty, or contains small dark particles.

A Water’s colour changes to brown due to sedimentation. If this is the case, you may have a health risk in your home.

Request the services of a qualified water heater professional to clean the hot water tank, or leave the water running to see if the water colour returns to colourless.

Lukewarm Water

Several factors can cause your water heater to provide lukewarm water rather than hot water. If you have set the water heater to vacation mode or a lower temperature, it will produce lukewarm water. If the weather outside is particularly cold, or if your demand for hot water has increased, the water heater may warm the water more slowly than usual, resulting in lukewarm water.

Another reason can be a faulty heating element. Two elements power your electric water heater. If one of the elements stops working, the water will become lukewarm rather than hot. Similarly, a burner is used in gas water heaters. If you’re getting lukewarm water from your hot water tap, it’s a sign that your gas water heater’s burner isn’t working properly. If you notice a problem with your water heater’s burner or any other component, contact a professional plumber to repair it.

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