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How to Tell if the Water Heater Needs Service

3 Signs of a Broken Water Heater 

A broken or malfunctioning water heater that needs professional attention may still be able to provide warm water to the home’s plumbing fixtures. Unfortunately, this causes many homeowners to delay fixing their water heaters until too much damage occurs. Homeowners must be aware of the signs associated with a faulty water heater so they know when to contact a plumber for water heater services.

Scary Sounds

soundsUnexplained banging or popping noises from the water heater can indicate it has excess sediment. When sediment builds inside the hot water tank, the heating element may react negatively, and the system’s energy efficiency will suffer. Essential maintenance tasks such as flushing the tank and replacing the anode rod can help remove the sediment and prevent it from damaging the water heater any further. 

A crackling or hissing sound is also commonly associated with faulty water heaters. This is often due to a blockage near the system’s heating element and usually only happens with electricity-powered water heaters. Still, an oil or gas tank can make similar noises. In the case of a gas water heater, these sounds are likely due to a moisture build-up that will need to be examined by a trained technician.

If the water heater sounds like it’s ticking, water pressure may be to blame. Sudden changes in water pressure can cause damage to the water heater tank but are relatively easy to fix if caught early. The pressure-reducing valve is designed so homeowners can easily adjust the level anytime. 

Unexplained Odor and Color

sinkWater should never have a strange color or odor. If the water heater tank has rusted and corroded, this may impact the water’s color and smell due to an excess of minerals and rust. A corroded water heater may turn the water a rusty color, brown, or otherwise discolored. 

A foul smell from the hot water may also indicate the anode rod inside the water heater has corroded and needs to be replaced or bacteria in the tank. Bacteria can occur in the tank when the water heater sits unused for too long. Plumbers can help homeowners determine the cause of any strange smells and discoloration in their water. 

Water Leaks

If homeowners notice a water leak in their water heater, it should be attended to immediately by a professional. The longer they wait, the more damage can occur. Depending on the severity of the leak and its location, it could require repair or replacement of the water heater. 

Repairs may be an option if the leak is minor and not from the tank. However, if the damage is severe or the water heater is old, it may need to be replaced. In any case, addressing a water leak as soon as possible is essential to prevent further damage and expensive repairs down the line.

About Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air

Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air has over two decades of experience serving St. George and the surrounding communities. They provide same-day service, 24/7 live answers, and straightforward pricing. Call them today for water heater services in St. George, UT

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