4 Signs You Might Have Water Heater Problems

A water heater is one of the most critical appliances if you live in an especially cold neighborhood. Water heaters come in many different sizes, and they are available in both electric and gas models. Both versions can provide hot water based on the exact temperature setting you have chosen, but it can get cold if it doesn’t work. Here we look at the different water heater problems that can cause your water heater to turn frosty. 

  • Getting a Rusty Water Supply

When you turn on the faucet, whether it is the cold water tap or the hot water valve, you do not want to see rusty water. Rusty water can harm your skin, hair, and nails. Getting a rusty water supply means that there is sediment build-up in your water heater. Residue coming out of a water tap means that the inside of your water heater is all rusted. It’s time to call your trusted plumber. 

  • Finding Water Leaking From The Water Heater

There is more than one reason why water could be leaking from your water heater. It could be from a broken drain valve, condensation, a faulty temperature & pressure valve, or even rust build-up. You will have to call a plumber to take care of the leak. 

  • Weird Noises Coming From The Water Heater

Some noises are normal for water heaters to make. For example, the clicking sound you hear when the gas heater turns on when the hot water tap opens are pretty routine. Other sounds can indicate an underlying problem and will require some more attention from your side. 

If there is a sediment build-up in the water heater, you might hear a popping sound. One solution is that it needs to be emptied of water and refilled again. A sign of a potential leak could be that your geyser is making a sizzling sound. These noises are a sign that there is water leaking on to the burner. You will need to call a plumber to fix this. 

Sometimes you might hear a scary screeching sound. It can happen if the inlet control valve is not completely open. Turn the valve so that it is fully open to take in a full supply of water. 

  • Threshold of Lifespan

Erosion is a huge factor with any appliance that holds so much water regularly. Combine the effects of water erosion with the temperature changes inside the water heater and the external elements. Now it becomes all the more difficult for the equipment to function at maximum efficiency all of the time. In most cases, the utensil design works efficiently for 10 to 15 years. After that duration passes, a water heater might require maintenance or begin to fail to function. 

A recommendation is to have a licensed plumber assess the water heater after eight years to improve the longevity. Also, start saving for a new water heater.

Key Point

Besides these tips, the place of installation of the water heater has a crucial impact on the functioning, efficiency, and lifespan of the product. There is no harm in getting a professional consultation before getting a new water heater installed.

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