Water heaters use roughly 13% of your home’s total energy usage. It might not sound like much, but your water heater uses as much energy as your dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer combined.
Energy usage aside, your water heater is vital to your home’s comfort. You need it for warm showers and to wash dishes.
Yet, you never think about it—until you’re taking a cold shower, that is.
Luckily, there are some warning signs to look for. Read on to learn how to spot the signs you need water heater repair so you can get it fixed before it breaks completely.
1. Brown or Rusty Water
The water in your home should look clear and have no smell. If the water looks reddish or brown or has a metallic smell when it comes out of the faucet, that’s a sign of a problem.
If your hot water looks brown, that can mean there’s rust inside your water heater. If it’s an issue with both the hot and cold water, it could be an issue with your pipes instead. Either way, you should call for water heater repair services right away since the rust can stain your clothes and sinks.
2. Water Temperatures Are Unpredictable
Water that’s too hot, not hot enough, or cold, are all signs your water heater is going out. It could be an issue with the thermostat or the heating elements.
Over time, minerals in your water can build up on the heating elements and keep them from heating the water as they should. You may only need to replace these parts rather than buying a new water heater.
3. Not Enough Hot Water
If you run out of hot water in the shower faster than you used to, there might be a problem with your water heater. If it’s not a sudden problem, it could also be that your tank might be too small for your hot water needs.
Is your entire shower lukewarm, or do you only have 5 minutes worth of hot water before it goes cold? Your answer to that question tells the plumber which heating element is going bad.
4. The Tank Is Noisy
If your water heater makes clanging, popping, cracking, or rumbling sounds, that’s a sign that something is wrong.
As minerals build up in your tank, your water heater will have to work harder to heat the water. When the tank works harder, it can actually overheat. The sound you’re hearing might be the water boiling inside.
Your plumber can drain the tank to clean out the sediment. If that doesn’t work, you might need a new water heater.
5. The Water Pressure Is Low
Low water pressure is a frustrating issue, but you can troubleshoot the pressure issue to find out where it’s coming from. If there’s low pressure in your entire house, it could be an issue with your main valve or your water softener.
But, if the water pressure is only low for hot water, it’s probably a water heater problem. You should call a plumber to investigate the exact issue.
Hire a Pro for Water Heater Repair Today
Now that you know the signs your water heater is going out, you can catch problems before you’re completely out of hot water.
If you’re in need of water heater repair, All Clear Plumbing can help. We offer a wide range of plumbing services in the Greater Greenville, South Carolina area. Make an appointment with us today.