Water heater in homes is a daily necessity thing as it run in multiple home appliances like bath, shower, washing machine, sink, dishwasher etc. Mostly the water heaters are made to with stand 10-15 years of usage without failing. However, at times, it might happen that it is showing signs of failure or distress and you might require your immediate attention.
The trouble in your water heater isn’t concern with the brand you pick. And in many cases people have also witnessed bad experience with famous brands as well. So, it is wrong assumption to think that a branded thing will give you a never ending service.
Clearing the above myth let’s check out some signs through which you get to know that your water heater requires some medication to make it work efficiently as before. Here are some common problems that some house owners have experienced with their water heaters.
Noise Problems: It is no more worsening that your water heater whines, bangs, creaks and knocks. Anybody is scared to use a noisy water heater thinking it might crack open any time. The noise issue probably happens due to the sediment built in the tank, and the debris comes in direct contact with the heating elements. Other reason of the noise could be your water heater element could be burning out. If that is the case, it is high time that you do to ensure the safety of the unit as well as the person using it.
Temperature Problems: If the water is coming too hot or is not up to the temperature of hot then there might be some problem with the thermostat on the water heater. The ideal temperature should be between 120 to 140 degrees, if it’s not sustaining than you need to get it checked with a professional heating company.
Leaking Tank: A leaking tank is a good amount of mess for your home which also messes with your pocket. This becomes obvious when pipes are not good and they get leaking. It might happen that you are not able to fix the problem the best would be to call a plumber to look at your water heater.
Discolored Water: This problem is again one common problem found in troubling water heaters. The reason could be anything from some minute particles found in the tank to some major lining failure that have led to decoloring of water. However; do not take a hasty decision of buying a new one. Rather you can show it to your plumber who might be able to fix the problem in fewer amounts of time and money.
Apart from these common problems, there are other problems seen commonly that affects the water heater functionality such as jamming of water pollutants, scarcity of water, empty tank, tank full of rust etc. These problems are happening on daily basis and can be witnessed in well-known brands also.
Some of these problems are simple to cure and can be well managed by calling the plumber and some of them require total replacement. However; before deciding to throw away the water heater, it is always recommended and is a best idea to have it looked by a qualified plumber.