Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

February 2, 2023


Facing problems with your water heater? Often, things don’t look as bad as they are at first, but when you continue to ignore the problem, it often reaches a point where no one is sure if it can be repaired. Many issues can occur with your water heater, but the development of scale tops the list.

However, getting your water heater checked and repaired sooner by professional HVAC contractors can save you from costly repairs and replacements. But often, people fail to recognize the subtle signs a problematic water heater gives. To help you with this inconvenience, the following blog post explains the top signs that indicate that your water heater needs repair.

Also Read: Checklist To Prepare Your Water Heaters For Winter

Decreased Water Flow

Is your shower slower nowadays? It may be because of the buildup of scale in your water heater or connected plumbing fixtures. Scale is a significant problem in areas that receive hard water. If left unchecked, scale and sediment can grow and get worse and cause the complete failure of your water heater. The solution is to call a professional water heater maintenance company and get your water heater de-scaled regularly.

Water Is Discoloured And Smells

Discolouration or rusty, muddy water is another indicator of problems with your water heater. It can indicate that there is rust and bacteria inside your water heater. This also means that your heater’s anode is broken, which is usually responsible for killing the bacteria and removing rust from the water.

The most familiar smell that can come from your water is rotten eggs. This is caused by sulphate bacteria that can grow in the water tank and cause a filthy smell.

If discolouration and a foul smell only come from when you turn on hot water, the problem is your water heater.

If discolouration and smell come from hot and cold water, the problem is your water supply.

This problem can be solved by simply flushing your water heater tank.

Strange Noises

Your water heater can make every type of strange noise, like loud gurgles, cracks, pops, bangs, and whining sounds. Most commonly, water heater sounds are related to scale build-up, which starts burning inside the heater.

However, a sizzling sound can indicate a water flow problem more than a scale build-up problem. In the case of a gas water heater, the sizzling sound can also be a condensation sign.

Leaking Water Heater

Do you have a water heater leakage problem? Do you see water dripping or a pool of water under the water heater? Don’t wait for the problem to get bigger. If you aim to repair it, get it fixed as soon as possible.

The window in which leaks can be repaired is time-bound. If you get it looked at in the early stages of the problem, it’s more likely that it can still be repaired. However, if you delay getting it looked at, you might end up needing a new water heater.

Fluctuating Hot Water

A person can immediately notice when there is no hot water supply at all. However, irregular water supply, or fluctuations in the water temperature can be a very subtle sign to notice in today’s busy schedules.

If you start to notice changes in the temperature of your water, it could be a sign of mineral build-up (scale) or a faulty water heater element that needs repair.

Final Thoughts

Water heaters are essential HVAC appliances that supply properties and residences with continuous hot water. The upkeep of a water heater demands little attention to the signs your appliance gives and regular maintenance and repair.

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