Let’s face it, we get some pretty variable weather around our part of Colorado. But no matter what season it is or what the temperatures are outside, there is one type of heating system you’ll always need all year round, every day. That’s your water heater!
This is one of those systems that’s easy to take for granted. As homeowners we typically just expect that we’ll have hot water from the taps when we need it. But when you consider the amount of strain that a water heater goes through (it works 365 days a year, after all) you can probably understand that you can’t expect your water heater to work 100% free of problems.
At some point, you might need to give us a call for professional water heater repairs. We’ll be happy to help! But of course, you have to know that you have a problem to begin with, right? Read on as we uncover some of the telltale signs that something is amiss with your water heater.
There’s a Drop in Hot Water Volume
Have members of your household started complaining about going with involuntary lukewarm or even cold showers in the morning? If this is a new problem and there hasn’t been an influx of guests in your home using up the hot water, and you never had this problem before, it means that something is causing the water heater to lose its heating power.
This is one of the most common signs that a water heater either needs to be repaired or, if it’s old enough, even replaced.
Have you turned on your hot water taps only to notice rusty, brownish tinged water, similar to what you may see in the water when you turn the faucets on after coming home from a long vacation? It can mean there’s too much sediment inside the hot water tank and it needs to be flushed. Alternatively, it could be a sign of rust and corrosion, which we’ll touch on next.
Water heaters are sturdy systems, developed to resist rust and corrosion for the entirety of their service life as long as they get regular maintenance each year. But if rust starts to appear on your water heater, it may mean that yours has succumbed to corrosion.
Tank water heaters have a component called the anode rod, in place to absorb that rust. But anode rods only last so long and need to be replaced on occasion. This is something we check for during maintenance, so if you haven’t scheduled a tune-up in the last year, now is the time to do so!
The only place you should ever see water dripping from when it comes to your water heater is the pressure relief valve. If you see water dripping or pooling anywhere else, then it indicates a serious problem that has to be fixed right away. Letting it continue can lead to a catastrophe for your water heater and your home.