Signs Your Water Heater Needs to Be Repaired

5 Signs your water heater needs to be repaired

We’ve all been there, you’re halfway through your shower and suddenly that water runs cold. Or you go to do a load of laundry on a hot cycle, and no such luck. These are obvious signs that you have a water heater issue. However, there are ways to catch the problem before it’s too late and you’re stuck half shampooed and freezing. Here are the five red flags to look out for so you know what your water heater needs a repair. 

Hot water is sparse

Do you find yourself arguing over who gets the first shower in the morning so you can ensure a comfortable experience? If you find that you are running out of hot water quickly there could be an issue, or you could require a larger capacity solution. There are a bunch of options when it comes to choosing a more efficient and higher-capacity water heater, those with tanks can range from 20-80 gallon options. If you are in need of plumbing services, be sure to work with someone who knows how to properly handle a water heater. 

Frequent or Odd Noises

Water heaters make some noise while they run, but if you notice an increase in volume, frequency, or type of sounds changing significantly you should definitely consider getting your unit inspected. The culprit is commonly mineral deposits building up in the water heater and causing the sounds, which ultimately makes it harder for the unit to heat your water. Your water heater will need to be flushed by a professional before the issue worsens and leads to a leak. 

Dirty or bad-smelling water

Also caused by mineral deposits accumulating in the water tank, you may notice discoloration or bad odor in your water. This can be prevented by scheduling an annual maintenance check, during which time your plumber will flush the tank, removing all sediment from the system. However, if left untreated for too long, the build-up may be too excessive and you could have to replace the water heater completely. 

Major temperature fluctuations

Have you ever gotten into your shower and started going about your business, only to be scorched by hot water and then frozen one second later by cold? Although a common problem, it is something that is completely fixable. Likely your thermostat or heating element needs to be replaced on your water heater. This is a routine, simple fix that can be made by your plumber during a repair visit. 

You’ve sprung a leak

If you experience puddling around your water heater or an active leak, contact a professional immediately. It could be that something came loose and needs tightening, or it could be a larger issue. Regardless, water heaters can be dangerous to tamper with if you do not know the system well. Always consult a professional when trying to repair your water heater.

If you experience any of the above issues with your water heater, or if it’s just plain old (more than ten years old), it is probably time to enlist the help of a professional. Schedule your routine water heater maintenance appointment with us today!