No matter what season it is here in the Salt Lake City area, and no matter what the temperature it is outside, there is one home comfort system that you need to consistently work each and every day—your water heater. This is one of those systems that’s really easy to take for granted. After all, do you ever think about how you get the hot water to your taps whenever you need it?
Consider the amount of strain a water heater goes under. It operates 365 days a year. You can’t expect it to work reliably 100% of that time. Of course, it’s a lot less likely that you’ll have surprise repair needs if you invest in routine water heater maintenance. We recommend this once a year for tank water heaters, and perhaps less often for tankless systems, depending on a few factors. But even with maintenance, it’s important to know the signs that you’re in need of water heater repair and your system needs our professional help. Read on to learn what these signs are!
A Decline in Hot Water Volume
Have members of your household begun complaining about getting lukewarm water when showering? If this is something that just started happening, and there used to be plenty of hot water for everyone in the home to use, it means that your water heater is losing heating power for some reason. This is one of the most common signs that a water heater needs to be repaired. If it’s old enough, it may even be time for an upgrade.
If you turn on your hot water taps only to discover rusty, brownish, water coming from the taps, then it usually means there’s too much sediment inside your hot water tank. Alternatively, it could indicate corrosion which can signal a water heater that needs replacing. But you won’t know for sure until you call on the pros.
If you have a tank water heater, you don’t want to hear a rumbling coming from inside. No, this doesn’t mean your water heater is about to burst, but it’s still a sound you don’t want to detect. It likely means there has been an increase in water pressure within the tank, or it could be that sediment has settled on the bottom of the tank and is rattling around. Lastly, the sound could be due to a broken expansion valve. Whatever the case, delaying a repair could lead to even bigger problems.
There is never a time that you want to see water pooling around the base of your water heater. The only area you should ever see water dripping from is the pressure relief valve. If you see water dripping from anywhere else, it’s a serious problem that needs to fixed because the leaks could become worse and lead to water heater failure.
Water heaters are designed in a way to resist corrosion for most of their service life, so long as they receive routine maintenance each year. If corrosion does start to appear on the system, it may be able to be repaired by replacing the corroded part, but if corrosion is occurring in the system, it’s going to mean you need an upgrade.