There are few things better than a nice, hot shower to wake you up in the mornings or to warm you up on a cold winter evening. Lack of hot water is probably the first and most noticeable sign that you’re due for a water heater repair, followed by leaks or other abnormalities in a home’s water.
However, there are plenty of other signs to keep an eye out for so you can schedule a water heater repair promptly, before the situation escalates into the need for a complete water heater replacement.
Inconsistent Water Temperature – the First Sign of a Needed Water Heater Repair
One day you have a steaming hot stream of water flowing out of your shower, and the next it’s disappointingly lukewarm. Fluctuating temperatures in your home’s water temperature are a huge indication that you’re in need of a water heater repair. Mineral deposits have a tendency to build up inside the water heater, which can cause it to lose heat.
When you schedule water heater repair services with a professional plumber, they will be able to take a look at your unit and identify where the issue may be coming from. If your water heater is relatively new, a repair will do just fine. However, if you’ve had it for a while and are finding yourself performing regular maintenance to keep it running, you may be better off with replacing the entire water heater unit.
Not Enough Hot Water
If you’ve been caught under a suddenly freezing rush of water – without someone having flushed a toilet nearby – your water heater may need some attention. Your water heater is built to keep water hot and ready for use through two separate heating elements. Though, if you find yourself running out of hot water quickly, one of those heating mechanisms is probably failing, and you should request a water heater repair as soon as possible to get the hot water flowing once more.
Sort of like a clogged drain, your water heater will begin making odd sounds if its functionality is impaired. While little creaks and groans are completely normal and are usually no cause for concern, loud banging, popping or crackling sounds might indicate a larger problem is at play.
One of the biggest threats to a water heater is the buildup of mineral deposits inside the unit. Beyond preventing your unit from holding heat, mineral deposits can cause a noisy water heater.
Leaks / Signs of Corrosion
Mineral deposits do not only cause a noisy, cold water heater, they can also cause deterioration in the water heater itself. Mineral buildup can weaken the structure of your unit, which can lead to leaks and water pooling around the bottom of the tank. In addition to being a hazard to any pets or people living in the home, a leaking water heater can cause further corrosion and even leak into your home.
If you notice a bit of water around the foot of your water heater, call a plumber to have it repaired promptly.
Oddly Colored Water
Sometimes the water coming out of our faucets can look a little hazy due to differences in pressure, but once pressures equalize, it should be clear. A brown or rust-like tint to your water, or water with dark particles, is likely caused by an excess of sediment buildup in your water heater. This discoloration is not only unsightly, it poses a serious health hazard to the members of your home.
Let the water run for a while to see if it self-corrects and returns to its clear state. If the rust-colored water persists, your water heater may have a rusting or corrosion issue.
Speak to a Specialist About Your Water Heater Repair
If you notice any of the above signs, from a temperamental shower to funny-looking water, consider talking with a water heater repair plumber immediately. As with most aspects of home maintenance, acting quickly, rather than slowly, is usually the best way to avoid major costs – and headaches – in the event of a major disaster.
If you think you might be in need of a water heater repair, it’s always a good idea to have a professional come take a look. When you call Hulsey Environmental Services, you’ll be met with prompt and expert service every time. Give us a call at (770) 536-1161, or visit us online and wave your water heater worries goodbye!