You rely on your water heater as much as you rely on the other parts of your plumbing: you need it working seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. There are numerous tasks you can’t get done unless you have hot water available with just a turn of a tap.
This is why it is important to catch signs of malfunctions with your water heater as early as possible. That way you can arrange to have it repaired before your water supply is in jeopardy. Below are some of the indications to watch for that will warn you the water heater may be in trouble.
Rumbling Sounds From the Tank
Any unusual noise from the water heater is a reason for concern and a call to your local professional plumber. The rumbling is perhaps the most common trouble sound. Don’t panic that the water heater will explode; the problem is most likely excess sediment in the tank or a broken dip tube.
Loss of Hot Water Volume
Are more people in the morning going with lukewarm showers when this never happened before? A drop in the volume of hot water is a major indicator that the water heater is dropping in power.
The appearance of a rusty-brown discoloration to the hot water in your home can mean too much sediment in the tank, the development of the scale, or the start of corrosion.
You shouldn’t see water leaking from the tank—anywhere! When you notice water pooling around the floor of the water heater tank, call for repairs immediately. There are a number of different causes for this, and it will take a professional to get to the bottom of it and fix it.