When a big machine starts wearing of, one can easily tell, for instance, when a car is breaking down, it’s usually pretty obvious that it will make awful noises, splits smokes, and eventually stops running. But when a small appliance or machine slowly starts wearing of, it’s sometimes harder to tell what’s wrong. A busted water heater can cause soggy carpets, extensive water damage, not to mention the interruption of your daily routine.

Here’s a quick reference guide for homeowners to use when something abnormal starts to happen to your water heater.

Loud of Unusual Sounds

When you start hearing unusual, strange noises coming from your water heater, it could be caused by interactions between the heating elements and the mineral deposits inside your heater. These deposits harden and cause a low rumbling, popping and cracking noises from inside. Flushing your water heater periodically can stop these sounds, but if the problem persists, it may be time for a new water heater.

Area Around Your Water Tank is Wet
If you see moisture and condensation outside of your tank, it could be a sign of a slow leak. As the metal heats, it expands, and if you have any kinds of cracks in your heater, then water may leak from the tank. When the metal cools, the inner tank will stop leaking, but it’s important to observe your tank and the after effects. Make sure no other cracks have formed around critical areas, like fittings or the various connections of the tank.
Produces Less Hot Water
You may have to replace your water heater if it isn’t quite heating the water as much as it used to do before. It is imperative to pay attention to the water pressure as well – lukewarm water and low pressure water is a sign that your water heater needs replacing. If it takes longer than usual for your water heater to heat water, then the heating mechanism in your water heater tank may be broken.

Rust Formation Around Your Tank

When dark red or orange rust starts forming in the water surrounding the tank, it could be a sign that your heater is corroding. If you start to smell something metallic, it could mean that rust is developing inside your water heater, giving off that odor.

Don’t wait for your water heater to give up, while you’re still in the middle of a relaxing shower. Use this guide as checklist and call our professional plumbers if you see any sign of your water heater giving up. Our expert plumbers have all the necessary information and are always ready to answer any of your questions.


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