Having your water heater stop working when you least expect it is a pain. However, a water heater almost never fails without some indicators. In this blog, we’ll review the signs you need a new water heater.
Not sure if your water heater needs to be replaced? Give our team here at Air Control a call. We offer plumbing services in Lake Havasu City.
Sign #1: Rusty water coming from the faucet
Any plumber can tell you that rusty water is one of the most common—yet too often ignored—signs of a water heater that is on its way out.
Homeowners often just assume it’s something wrong with the municipal water supply. Here’s one way to test that: fill a few containers with both hot and cold water. If you see that only the water in the containers filled with hot water is rusty or not as clear as it should be, this is proof that the problem lies in your water heater.
Why is this an issue?
Rusty water is often an indication of rust building up in your water heater. If the issue isn’t dealt with as soon as it is noticed, chances are that your water heater will soon start leaking due to the damage caused by the rust.
Don’t let that happen. Instead, give our team a call.
Sign #2: Cracks and leaks on the tank
Cracks and leaks are another sign of impending water heater problems that you should look out for—especially if you have a water heater that’s getting up there in age.
With time, it is common for sediment to accumulate at the bottom of the tank of your water heater. If sediment begins to build up in your water heater, you may find that the water in your taps is sandy or muddy.
This sediment eventually hardens until it reaches the point where most of the energy being used by your water heater is wasted on heating the hardened sediment. This does not only cause your water heater to become inefficient, but you will also notice that your hot water supply is depleted much quicker than ever before.
Why is this an issue?
As more time is required for your water to heat up, your water heater might become damaged from this overheating, resulting in cracks and leaks which are commonly accompanied by rumbling or banging noises.
Obviously, a cracked or leaking water heater is a major problem and puts your home at risk of a tank burst. Shut off your water and immediately call us.
Sign #3: Something is off about the texture and temperature of the water
For this one, you’ll have to trust your gut—and your taste buds.
If you notice that the hot water from your tap tastes or feels metallic, this is a sign that your water heater is about to fail. The metallic taste, texture, and smell of water are often caused by the deterioration of the inner tank mixing with the water.
Additionally, if you feel like the water in your tap is only warm at best and not exactly hot, this is a sign that your water heater is no longer able to heat water like it once used to and needs repair or replacement.
Call Air Control Home Services when there are signs you need a new water heater
At Air Control, our experienced plumbers are water heater inspection and repair experts. Give us a call at (928) 680-0600 or contact us online.