Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing simply by turning on the tap. Water heaters are usually placed in out-of-the-way spots in your home: the basement, the garage, a desiccated closet, or somewhere similar. They do their jobs very quietly most of the time, which means that serious problems have a way of sneaking up on you.
Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater
The sooner you notice signs of trouble with your water heater, the better off you’ll be. Unfortunately, because of the nature of water heaters and the way their issues tend to stay hidden until they have advanced to the point where you need to replace the water heater instead of just repairing it.
Ideally, you should schedule annual maintenance for your water heater: one of many ways that professional plumbers can help you make the most out of your system. A maintenance session lets the technician check for little problems before they turn into big ones, as well as taking care of small steps like replacing the anode rod (which helps prevent rust).
Beyond that, you can do your system a favor by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary from your water heater’s performance. Common signs of trouble can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Limits on hot water, which can include water that doesn’t get sufficiently hot, or that runs out of hot water too soon. In the worst cases, you won’t get any hot water at all (which is
- Brown or rust-colored water, usually caused when the anode rod wears out and rust begins to form on the sides of the wall.
- Higher bills, caused by malfunctioning components and similar issues that drag down the system’s efficiency.
- Odd noises, such as hums, gurgles, rumblings noises or the like. These are usually centered in the water heater itself, and can be caused by anything from sediment to a malfunctioning electrical component.
Generally speaking, most problems with the water heater itself will affect hot water in the entire household. If any of these issues are limited to a single outlet or two, the problem likely lies in the pipes or the outlet itself.
These kinds of issues will likely become more prevalent as the water heater gets older and the warranty gets closer to expiring.
Always Call a Pro
Water heaters are deceptively simple appliances, and enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to attempt to address any problems with their systems themselves. This can be a big mistake. Professional plumbers have the specific skills required to identify the problem and correct it the right way. Two different problems can have similar symptoms, and it requires formal licensing and experience to perform that operation successfully. The good news is that the right company can not only identify the problems associated with a malfunction, but provide the swift installation of a new water heater
Here in Mesa, AZ, water heater replacement can be performed by the pros at The Trusted Plumber.