While a water heater is not exactly something that you can miss given its size (it takes a substantial tank to hold 40 gallons of water), it is something that you don’t think about much. In fact, you probably often don’t think about what a role this appliance plays in your daily life and comfort. Every task you do on a daily basis likely involves hot water, from taking a shower to running a load of dishes to washing your hands after using the restroom. With that in mind, it’s important to take care of the water heater in your home and that requires you to recognize when you might need water heater repair.
The thing is that your water heater won’t just tell you that it needs to be repaired. While smart home appliances are slowly inching that way, most modern homes will not have devices that can do so. Instead, you have to figure out whether or not your water heater needs repair based on the way that it is acting and producing hot water within your home. In order to do this you have to pay attention to what is going on in your home and stay clued into how your water heater is performing.
This can be measured by a number of factors that you probably have already noted in your home, but may not have associated with your water heater. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of five remarkable ways that your water heater is telling you that it is time for water heater repair. If you notice any of these in your home, it is time to contact a local plumber and set up an appointment. Doing so will save you from an emergency call down the road and will allow you to continue to live your life comfortably.
You Notice a Puddle Near Your Water Heater
One of the first indications that something is going wrong with your water heater is a puddle that is near it. There is no reason why your water heater should be producing water, which is why this is an immediate problem. Some people mistakenly think that it must be condensation if they see liquid on the side of their water heater, but a water heater should not produce any condensation. Therefore, if you spot any type of liquid around your water heater, you need to call for water heater repair.
More concerning, however, is a puddle on the ground, which might indicate that there is a link in the side of your water heater. Pressure builds within a water heater for decades, and if sediment starts to block the pressure valves, it can produce small cracks that water can leak through. It is important to identify the leaks when they are small because, eventually, the pressure will give out, and you will have 40 gallons of water on your floor. It is always better to call for water heater repair before you get to this point.
You Notice Your Water Pressure Is Odd
Another sign that something may be going on with your water heater is if you notice that the water pressure in your home is off. This might mean that when you turn the hot water on, you receive a gush of hot water, while you receive a small trickle other times. It also might mean that you notice you don’t have enough pressure in the shower to get your hair cleaned adequately compared to other times. Any time you start to notice water pressure issues, you need to call a plumber to investigate, but if you notice they seem to only affect your hot water there is a very good chance you need water heater repair.
You Notice Water Temperatures Fluctuating
Another sign that you need water heater repair in your home is if you notice that the water temperature seems to fluctuate widely while you are using it. For instance, while you are showering or washing the dishes, you might notice that the water is warm and then cools a bit before returning to hot. This is a clear sign that your water heater is no longer heating evenly, which is usually the result of sediment covering the heating element.
The problem with this is that it makes it impossible for the other appliances in your home to do their jobs correctly. Most likely, your washing machine and dishwasher are experiencing issues properly cleaning things because the water temperature keeps changing throughout the task. If you notice multiple appliances are not performing as well as they used to, this is also a sign that you probably need water heater repair.
Your Water Is Looking Rusty
Finally, rusty hot water is a problem for both your hair and your home. No one wants to bathe in rusty water, but more importantly, no one wants rusty water flowing through their sinks and faucets. If your hot water is starting to look cloudy or discolored, this can be a sign that the inside of your water heater is starting to rust so you need to talk to a company that handles water heater repair and inspections. Many times we will see water tanks that look great on the outside but are rusted out inside. Hard water and minerals from inside the water can eventually cause any water heater to corrode. At this point, water heater repair will not be enough, and you will need to consider water heater replacement.
If you have noticed one of the above signs in your home, it is time to get help. Contact bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans today.
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