Water Heater Warning Signs

Water Heater Problems to Watch Out For

Today we’d like to talk about your water heater. How do you know when your water heater needs replaced? What are the warning signs?

Not having any hot water is the final and last sign your heater needs replaced. At that point, you don’t have a choice and you must hurry to get hot water for you and your family. Before this occurs, there are a few warning signs that you may pay attention to!

  1. Is your water heater making any strange sounds? Your heater shouldn’t make any rumbling noises. If you hear this type of sound, this could indicate sediment has built up in your heater and it is struggling to function properly.
  2. Is your water not exactly clear? If you are on city water and it is starting to be rust-colored, checking your water heater should be your first step. This colored water could be an indication of rust in your heater, which will cause it to leak.  A great way to test whether this is true is by filling up several gallons of water. If the water clears after a few times, the fault is in the pipes. If the water remains rusty by the end of the test, then your water heater is likely to blame.
  3. Is your heater leaking? This is the easiest sign your heater is on its way out. Check your heater once a month for signs of a leak, and if you find one, take care of it immediately. If water is standing or puddling around your water heater then more than likely it has reached the end of its useful life. Always remember that if you see moisture of any kind it is a big worry when it comes to your water heater.

At DB’s, we’ve been helping customers maintain and replace their water heaters for over 10 years. We’ve seen many different scenarios where heaters have leaked and ruined finished basements, customers who have been out of water long-term trying to get their heater replaced, and even water heaters that have exploded! If you have any concerns about your heater, give us a call! We would be happy to address them.

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