If you’re like most homeowners in the Northern California area, you don’t give much thought to your hot water. When you turn the hot side of the faucet on, it allows nice, warm water to flow. However, issues can occur that prevent this from happening. It’s imperative that you understand the common signs that indicate there’s a problem with your water heater so you can address it sooner rather than later.

Discolored Water

One of the most common problems that a homeowner is going to notice that relates to their water heater is discolored water. You’ll only notice the discoloration when you turn the hot side of the faucet on. This is typically a sign that the anode rod inside your water heater tank has failed. This rod is responsible for collecting unwanted sediment from your water. It’s best to have an expert see if the anode rod can be replaced or if it’s time to simply invest in a new unit.

Water Leak

Your hot water heater is comprised of a cylindrical tank that’s responsible for storing hot water until you need to use it. These tanks are built to be airtight, so there’s no leakage. If you start to notice that your hot water heater is leaking water, it’s a telltale sign that your tank has rusted out or has a crack in it. You’ll need to turn off the water supply to your water heater and try to drain out any of the hot water to prevent a massive water leak in your home. Calling in a professional is a necessity to get a new water heater installed.

Considering Tank Age

The average hot water tank will last anywhere between 8 and 12 years. If your tank is approaching this time frame, it’s time to consider upgrading to a new unit. Far too often, homeowners ignore replacing their water heater until it stops working. This can leave you in the unfavorable position of not having hot water. Take a proactive approach and consult a licensed plumber about getting a new water heater installed at a time that is convenient for you and your family.

Frequent Repairs

Your water heater is an appliance that shouldn’t require too many repairs over its lifespan. If you’re having to call for repairs on a consistent basis, it’s time to consider investing in a new unit. There’s no reason to frequently waste money on parts that will outlast the existing water heater unit that you already have.

Lukewarm Water

Another common indicator that your water heater has a problem is that your water simply isn’t coming out as warm as you’re used to. Most homeowners will be able to spot this problem when it first happens. The issue with your water heater could be a faulty heating element or even a low thermostat setting. You may just need to have your tank drained of the sediment that has accumulated.

Low Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than turning on your hot water and realizing that you have little to no pressure. Start by checking the cold-water side of your faucet to see if you have water pressure. If the problem is only present on the hot water side, you likely have a backup in your hot water line or inside your water heater.

Over time, sediment from your water supply can build up inside your water heater tank. This can eventually cause pieces of sediment to get stuck in the hot water line and restrict the flow of water. Depending on the extent of the problem, your water heater lines may just need to be flushed, or your entire hot water heater tank may need to be replaced.

Increase in Odd Noises

It’s not uncommon to hear your water heater make a popping or banging sound from time to time. As the metal expands and contracts, this can happen. However, if you start to notice that your water heater is making unusual noises on a consistent basis, this is cause for concern. Most likely, a large amount of sediment has built up inside the cylindrical tank and is making it more difficult for your water heater to function as normal.

Inconsistent Water Temperatures

Another sign that signals there’s an issue with your hot water heater is that there’s an inconsistent water temperature. The hot side of your faucet will produce hot water, then cold, then back to hot again. This can not only be extremely frustrating but can also indicate a potentially serious issue with your water heater’s heating elements.

Odd Smell

A water heater that produces an odd smell is one that isn’t functioning correctly. This smell may be described as that of rotten eggs. Some homeowners may report a metallic taste in their water. These variations could be caused by unwanted bacteria inside your water heater tank. You should avoid using your hot water and consult a professional to assess the issue further.

Faulty TPR Valve

Every water heater must be manufactured with a temperature and pressure relief valve, known as a TPR valve. This valve is responsible for allowing pressure buildup inside the water heater tank to escape. This buildup of pressure can be caused by the sediments in the water. Every time you have your water heater inspected and drained by a plumbing professional; they’ll test out your TPR valve to ensure it’s working.

If the valve is leaking, it will need to be replaced. Additionally, if the valve seems to be frozen in place by the excess sediment buildup, this can translate to a safety issue.

No Hot Water

One of the worst situations you can experience with your hot water heater is that it isn’t producing any hot water at all. There are a few different reasons why this may be happening. The circuit breaker may have been turned off on your water heater, which is an easy fix. Both heating elements may be broken.

Hot Water That Doesn’t Last

You may have a large family, and you’re running many hot-water appliances in your home. If your existing water heater tank is undersized for your current needs, you’ll find that your hot water supply won’t last for very long. Upgrading to a bigger tank size will help to ensure that you have a consistent flow of hot water for an adequate amount of time. You may also want to consider hot water on-demand.

Visible Rust

It’s important to remember that water heater tanks are made of metal. They are prone to corrosion over time. If you’ve started noticing rust forming on the outside of your water heater, it’s most likely a sign that your tank is badly deteriorating.

Expert Water Heater Service

Environmental Heating & Air Solutions offers expert water heater services for the entire Roseville community. We can also help with all your cooling, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, attic fan, home automation, and insulation needs. Simply contact our knowledgeable staff today to schedule your next service appointment.

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