Make Sure the Water Heater is Ready for Winter

Watch Out for These Signs of Water Heater Failure 

Fall is here, and colder temperatures are coming with it. With the cooler temperatures, everyone tries to remember the strategies they used to get them through the last colder season. No doubt one of those strategies was a hot bath or shower. 

Unfortunately, too many people will run to the shower this fall and winter to warm up, only to be met with cold, frigid water. Further investigation will undoubtedly reveal that the water heater has failed and left them out in the cold. 

Luckily, water heaters rarely fail without giving some indications that problems are in the future. Noticing and reacting to these signs can prevent families from being stuck without hot water to wash clothes and dishes and bathe. Here are some common signs that the water heater isn’t ready for winter and needs professional attention. 


Unpredictable Temperatures 

Before water heaters go completely cold, there are usually some signs that something is amiss. The first sign to look out for is temperature fluctuations that warn of a complete loss of service of the water heater to follow. Watch out for inadequate delivery temperature of the water and insufficient hot water volume. 

The inadequate temperature of the water is an indication that the burner or heating elements need attention. Sometimes adjusting the temperature at the water heater can help, but usually, the problem is more complex. Calling a professional for help can prevent a loss of hot water. 

An insufficient amount of hot water or when the shower gets cold too fast is almost always due to a lack of water heater maintenance. Over time, scale builds up in hot water tanks, inhibiting water from heating. Professional maintenance, including draining and flushing this sediment, can usually restore performance without the need to replace the water heater. 

Leaks leaks

Leaks in water heaters are serious problems that can have serious consequences. Water tanks are pressurized vessels that can cause injuries and burns when complications from leaks arise. Despite safety features, people are burned or fall victim to injury or property damage every year when water tanks explode. Instead of taking chances, keep an eye out for water leaks, which indicate that the tank is compromised. 

There are two kinds of leaks in a water heater, visible and hidden. The signs of visible leaks are:

  • Rusty spots on the outer jacket of the water tank
  • Corrosion around pipe fittings
  • Crusty scale that’s visible on piping

The signs of hidden leaks are: 

  • Sizzling or popping noises
  • Ignition faults
  • Constantly relighting the pilot light

If homeowners notice signs of a leak, they should reach out to a water heater technician immediately. The leak could not be from the tank and a minor problem easily fixed by the professional, or it could be on the tank from corrosion, meaning a water heater replacement will be necessary. 

Old Age and Wear and Tear

Another indicator that the water heater could be about to fail is age. Most water heaters have warranties that last for 7-10 years. After the warranty period, homeowners can start to expect problems. Some of the other signs that accompany old age and are indicative of too much wear and tear on the water heater are:

  • Numerous repairs over a short period
  • Fluctuating water temperatures
  • Corrosion

Water heater replacement might be the best option if the water heater is older or has experienced too much wear and tear. That way, homeowners can regain their peace of mind and ensure they won’t be left without hot water. Plus, utility bills will decrease with a new, more efficient water heater.  

About Water Heaters Only, Inc.

Water Heaters Only, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company serving Mesa, AZ, and the surrounding neighborhoods. They provide flat rate pricing, same-day service, and no overtime fees. Call them today for water heater services in Mesa, AZ.