Like all home plumbing systems, hot water heaters can experience problems. While regular maintenance will help to make sure that your heater is in proper condition, issues can pop up between visits. Luckily, water heaters tend to have clear signals that they are not working correctly and are in need of repair or replacement.
Your Water Won’t Heat
Cold water is one of the more obvious and unpleasant signs that there is something wrong with your hot water heater. If you are unable to get any hot water in your home, the heater is often in need of immediate attention. However, before the water stops coming hot completely, there are small warning signs that should tip you off to an upcoming issue. Call a plumber if you notice that:
- Your Water Isn’t as Hot as it Used to Be
- The Heat of Your Water Doesn’t Last as Long as it Used To
A consistent drop in the temperature is always a clear sign that something needs to be repaired, and very few hot water heaters simply stop working. Most experience a slow decline. Paying attention to this decline can help you potentially stop issues before they become too severe.
Your Water is Dirty
Another unpleasant issue is dirty water. As hot water heaters break down, they begin to leave residue in your water. Pay attention to water that is:
- Full of Sediment/Sludge
- Metallic Tasting
These common signs of hot water heater failure can give you a heads-up to get maintenance done before the tank goes out of service. Not all discolored water is due to a hot water heater problem, however. You may also notice that the water is dirty after long periods of disuse, for example. But any time you’re struggling with dirty water, it’s likely a good idea to call a plumber.
Loud hot water heaters that creak, bang, or pop are more than a nuisance; those noises are signs that your heater is not working at peak performance and may be on the verge of going out. While it is normal to hear some noises from your tank, constant sounds can indicate a buildup in minerals or an impending failure of the heating element in the tank.
The Area Around the Tank is Wet
Leaks around the hot water tank are a clear sign that something is amiss. There should never be any pools of water around your heating unit. If there is one, you may be dealing with internal corrosion of the tank or another type of tank failure. Not only do leaks indicate overall issues, it can easily be a precursor for a tank break and lower level flood in your home.
If your hot water heater is showing any of these common signs of failure in Brooklyn, contact Empire Plumbing today at 718.494.7301. Our team can diagnose and repair nearly any hot water heater, or let you know if you need a replacement and help you with installation.