Water heaters are not delicate, but they malfunction like other appliances. The malfunctions interfere with water and energy efficiency. Some malfunctions even endanger your household. Below are signs that something is wrong with your water heater.
Water tanks wear and tear, eventually developing cracks or holes that leak water. An aging water tank plagued with corrosion is especially susceptible to leaks. In most cases, you have to replace such a water tank. Fortunately, such extreme damages are uncommon; other relatively minor causes of water leaks are more common.
For example, water tanks usually leak if:
- The inlet, outlet, or drain pipe is loose
- The gaskets that make connections watertight are loose
- One of the valves suffers damage
The leak's location can help you diagnose its cause. A professional plumber can help you with the diagnosis and fix.
Water Temperature Problems
Water temperature problems occur for various reasons; some have nothing to do with the water heater. For example, you may experience inconsistent temperatures due to problems at the usage point or appliance. However, a water heater can also trigger temperature issues if:
- The water heater is too far from the usage points, and the water cools before you can use it
- The water heater has a lot of sediment buildup that reduces the available hot water in the tank
- The inlet or outlet has restrictions or clogs
The diversity of these problems means you should not guess their causes; contact a plumber for a professional diagnosis.
The discoloration means contaminants are getting into the water. Like temperature issues, discolored water can also originate from the water heater or elsewhere. Don't drink the water until you figure out what's causing the discoloration. For example, you might get discolored water due to corroded pipes or tanks. Accumulated sediments in the tank can also discolor the water. Some bacteria can also produce chemicals that oxidize the tank material, discoloring it enough to affect the water.
Unusual Tank Noises
Expect minimal humming, ticking, and crackling noises from a normally operating water heater. However, such noises should be minimal and relatively consistent. However, you should also suspect a problem if your water heater noises become unusual.
For example, you should commission a diagnosis if the usual noises become too loud or you start hearing different noises. Screeching, popping, and rumbling noises mean problems with the water heater, like water flow restrictions and sediment buildup. The problems may be minor or serious, but you won't know until you diagnose them.
Contact a local plumbing service to learn more.