Before you get left in the cold with a water heater that stops working; know the signs that your water heater may be failing and get a professional in there to avoid a cold shower.
Slow Hot Water
If it takes too long for your water to get hot once you turn the faucet on you may be experiencing a water heater failure. It should not take no longer than a few seconds for your water to start running hot once you have turned the faucet on. If your hot water heater seems to be slowing down then chances are it will not be working at all very soon. Contact a plumber to come in and repair your hot water heater before it quits working.
Choppy Water Flow
If you turn your faucet on and the water comes out in spurts instead of smoothly, or the water pressure seems to be extremely lower than usual you may be experiencing failure within your water heater. This is usually due to a clog in the water heaters system and can worsen over time if left untreated.
Noisy Water Heaters
Anytime you hear noise from your water heater you need to contact a professional. Banging, clanking or loud cracking noises can all be caused by hard metal sediments that have developed.
Leaking Water Heater
If you notice water coming from around the base or at the top of your water heater or water softener you need a professional to come out and fix the issue. Always be sure to check for mold around the area where water has been leaking to avoid any further damage to your home.
If there is a foul odor coming from your water heaters tank you may have corrosion in the tank or in the pipes. You may also notice your water is beginning to smell like a rotten egg, this is usually related to issues with the anode rod. Any time there is an odor in your water heater or in your water from the faucet you should contact a professional to come out and resolve the issue before it leads to a more severe problem.
In some instances your water heater will need to be replaced. Water heaters generally last several years without issue but once they go out there is little that anyone can do, even a professional. Look at tankless water heaters if you are installing a new one, they will save you money on heat costs as well as relieve some headaches that the tank versions can cause.
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