Water heaters are an essential part of our lives, especially during the winter. Imagine coming home from a long day at work, wanting to relax in a hot bubble bath just to find out your water heater has given up. How frustrating.
However, it is important to understand that just like other appliances, your water heater will eventually wear down and need to be replaced after some time. Hence, it is important that you hire a professional water heater company to check and repair any faults in your water heater.
If you are unsure whether you need to hire a professional for maintenance or not, there are some warning signs that you can look out for in your water heater to know whether it is working properly or not.
This blog post mentions the common warning signs that you should keep in mind regarding your water heater.
Water Is Not Hot
When your water heater is unable to supply you with enough hot water, even at high temperatures, it means that there is some problem with it. Not getting enough warm water is one of the most straightforward signs you will receive when your water heater is not working properly. Receiving cold water from your water heater can signify that something is wrong with its heating element and needs professional help immediately.
It Has Aged
An old water heater will lose its efficiency over time and stop working. It will no longer be able to deliver you enough hot water or your desired temperature that you would feel while showering. Old water heaters are more prone to experiencing internal problems. Water heaters can live up to 8-10 years, but pushing them to work beyond this period can put pressure on them and cause them not to function well. A new water heater will heat your water faster and help you save on your utility bills by being more energy-efficient. Therefore, if you know that you have quite an old water heater installed in your home, it might be time to consider getting a new one.
It Makes Odd Noises
Strange noises coming from your heater are a bad sign and could indicate that it needs repair of some kind. When there is a problem with your heater, you may start to hear bubbling, crackling, or rumbling sounds. These noises are often caused due to mineral build-up or reduced water flow. Ask your heating contractors to come and check your water heater.
Discoloration Of Water
This is another common sign of a faulty water heater. Discolored water is a sign that your water heater needs repair from inside or has rust in its heating component. Discolored water coming from your tap or water that has an odd taste indicates that there is something wrong with your water heater and that it needs to be checked. Metal components inside your water heater can become rusty with time, and if they are not changed on time, the rust can mix with the water and thus supply that rusty water to your taps. This situation is common in older water heaters where the parts have developed rust and are worn out.
A Leaking Unit
Another common issue with water heaters is leakage indicating that it needs to be repaired immediately. Leaks can occur due to multiple reasons. If you are witnessing water around your water heater, it means that it is leaking from somewhere. Leaks in your water heater can lead to other parts of your heater becoming damaged as well. So, it is best to have your heater checked before it is too late and you have to spend lots of money on repairing or replacing it as a whole.
Hot Water Only Runs For A Short Time
If you run out of hot water quickly and don’t get enough water for your needs, this is another sign that your water heater needs repair. There might be some underlying issue with it, that only a professional company can help you with.
About Pro West Heating & Air Conditioning
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