Hot water heaters are remarkably sturdy appliances, but they can still develop problems and malfunctions over years of normal use. As with most home issues, water heater problems will steadily get worse the longer they are allowed to continue. For that reason, it is a wise idea to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem with your water heater. Here are some of the most common symptoms that will warn you that your water heater has a problem.
Hot Water Heater Leaks
This is one of the worst things that can happen to a water heater. Unfortunately there are a several different areas that can spring leaks in your water heater system. A loose pipe junction or bad valve is the most common reason for a leak. However, if a leak develops in your main water heater tank, it is a huge issue. Leaks in the tank are almost always caused by rust, and if they progress far enough the whole thing can rupture. If you see any part of your water heater leaking, call us right away.
Drop in Water Heater Output
If your water heater is not keeping up with your demand for hot water, it could mean a number of different things. A dirty burner could cause trouble igniting all of its jets, which lowers the temperature of the water in the tank. It’s also possible that there is sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank, which then insulates the water inside from the heat coming from the burner assembly. It will take a professional to accurately pinpoint the problem, so call for repairs if you notice that your water heater is experiencing a drop in output.