Does the Hot Water Heater Need Repair or Replacement?

Three Signs of a Broken Water Heater 

A failing water heater can mean more than just cold showers. It can cause stress and high utility bills. But homeowners don’t have to live in uncertainty any longer. One can breathe easier by knowing the signs that a water heater has issues and may need replacement or repair. Some signs that it’s time to have a professional inspect the system include the following: 

Loud Noises Coming From the Appliance 

soundsIdeally, the home’s water heater shouldn’t make any loud noise. If someone hears any sounds like these from the water heater, they should consult a plumber: 

  • Screeching: Pressure can build up inside a water heater, creating an unpleasant screeching or hissing sound. A professional can run a diagnostic test and get to the root of the problem. 
  • Rumbling or popping: Sediment can build up inside a water heater over time. If too much sediment builds up inside a water heater tank without maintenance, it can make sounds like these. The system must be drained and flushed and may need a new anode rod. This component attracts sediment from the water heater tank to prevent corrosion. 

Discolored or Foul-Smelling Water 

sinkThere’s nothing worse than reddish, cloudy, or brown water that smells bad coming from the tap. Some reasons behind this can include: 

  • A faulty anode rod: As noted, an anode rod attracts sediment from the water heater. This piece may need replacing, leading to foul-smelling (or looking) water. 
  • Rust and corrosion: Many water heaters rely on storage tanks. If a tank begins to rust and corrode, it could affect the smell and look of the home’s hot water. The corrosion may also be in the pipes. 
  • Leaks: When most people think of leaks, they imagine water escaping the plumbing system. However, leaks can also let contamination into the system, affecting the water. 

If one notices foul-smelling or discolored water from their plumbing fixtures, they should call a plumber immediately. It’s likely an issue with the water heater if the foul smell and odd look of water occur with the hot water.

A Leaking Water Heater 

Leaks around the home’s water heater are another apparent sign of a problem with it. In addition to wet spots around the appliance, one may also notice: 

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Soggy drywall 
  • Higher-than-average water bills 
  • Poor water pressure 

Reasons for leaks in the water heater may include corrosion and rust, age, and wear and tear. Yet, whatever the reason for a water heater leak, one should consult a professional. Leaks do not get better with time. The longer these problems last, the worse the issue could become. 

About Maxwell-White Plumbing 

Maxwell-White Plumbing is a family-owned company serving West Salem, WI, and the surrounding communities. They provide flat rate pricing, financing, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for water heater repair or installations in West Salem, WI.

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