For the average homeowner, their water heater is nonexistent until there is an issue with it. Try to run a tub of warm water for a bath only to find that your water heater is malfunctioning and you will probably feel like you have an emergency on your hands. Fortunately, water heaters typically don't just fail without notice. There are generally signs and indications that can alert you that there is a problem. Knowing how to recognize these signs can help keep you ahead of any issues.
An indication that your water heater isn't functioning correctly is a noisy operation. Most water heaters are designed to operate silently or with a minimal level of noise. The reason for this is generally a build-up of sediment on the bottom of the tank. As your unit ages, sediment may begin to collect on the bottom of the tank. As the sediment is heated, it hardens.
When your water heater is operating, the sediment bangs up against the tank, producing the rumbling sound you likely hear. Unfortunately, resolving this issue isn't as simple as cleaning the sediment from the bottom of the tank. The only way to resolve the issues and ensure a quieter operation is to replace the unit.
If you begin to notice water coming from your faucets with rust in it, this is also an indication of a problem. This is especially true if the rusty water only seems to be an issue when you are running hot water. Rusty water typically means that there is rust on the inside of your water heater tank. It's only a matter of time before the rust reaches the outside layers of your tank.
Once this happens you will start having an issue with water leaks. Additionally, overtime, rust can also leave unsightly stains in your tub or sink. Rust on the inside of your tank is an indication of extreme wear and by the time the rust ends up in your water, it's likely that it has spread considerably inside your tank. A replacement is the best option in this scenario.
Don't find yourself on the wrong side of a water heater malfunction. Make certain you are paying attention to the signs that your water heater is reaching the point of failure. Not only will this help you save money, but it can also help you conserve time and stress.Share
9 April 2015
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