How to Tell When the Water Heater Isn’t Working

Signs the Water Heater Isn’t Working

Surely the water heater isn’t working when someone is stuck in a cold shower, right? Yes, but other signs show the water heater is on the verge of having problems that aren’t as immediately inconvenient as losing hot water in the shower. Learning the signs a water heater is on the verge of having problems allows homeowners to receive help before the issue worsens and more extensive repairs or a replacement becomes necessary.

Some of the more obvious signs that people may already know are:

  • Age: A water heater is good for about ten years. After this point, a new water heater may be necessary due to normal wear and tear. 
  • Frequent Repairs: Savvy homeowners keep track of their expenditures, especially regarding the cost of home repairs. If a water heater has needed frequent professional attention and provides inconsistent hot water, replacement is likely the option that makes the most sense. 

This article is devoted to the subtler signs that a water heater isn’t working right. Here are the three most common signs that show homeowners it may be time to get professional help. 

New, Loud Sounds

soundsAn important part of keeping the water heater safe and working is flushing the tank periodically. Annual water heater maintenance is important for homeowners that wish to get the most out of their appliance, and flushing the tank is always a part of good water heater maintenance. 

When a water heater isn’t flushed regularly, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank and on heating elements. The deposit robs the appliance of efficiency, causing a slow spike in bills. The easiest way to recognize sediment in a water heater is the rumbling or thumping sound when the unit kicks on. 

Flushing the tank can be done as a part of water heater maintenance by a licensed professional. When the tank is flushed, the unit will be disconnected from the power source or cut off from the gas supply, and then the tank will be drained. Once the tank is empty, fresh water will be added to stir up solids and flush them out. 

Cloudy, Discolored, or Smelly Water

water Another important step in water heater maintenance is checking the anode rod. This is usually done while the tank is draining. The purpose of the anode rod is to protect the water heater from corrosion. The anode rod gets corroded instead of the water heater tank but eventually loses its ability to protect the tank. 

Once the anode rod is completely corroded, the tank will begin to corrode instead. When a tank is corroded, water can start to come out of the tap cloudy or discolored with a distinct bad odor. Once a water heater tank is too corroded, a replacement will be necessary, which is why it’s important not to neglect water heater maintenance.  

Leaks or Wet Spots Around the Water Heater

Leaks are common in older water heaters, especially if maintenance is neglected. Leaks are typically easy for professionals to fix, but a water heater replacement may be needed if the tank is cracked.

The bad news is that water heater tanks with cracks are usually not repairable. The good news is that new water heaters are typically more efficient than the current unit, saving homeowners money on monthly utility bills. 

About Water Heaters Only, Inc.

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