If something about your hot water heater just hasn't seemed right lately, you probably know that it is time to have it checked. Still, you may be hesitant to give a water heater specialist a call. Here are some clear indications that you need to call a water heater specialist as soon as possible:
You are noticing rust in your hot water.
If rust is appearing only in the hot water of your home, the culprit is likely your hot water heater. The internal lining of the heater may be starting to rust. As the rust breaks away and mixes with the water in the tank, it starts to appear in your faucet water.
Nevertheless, some rust could come from the pipes of your home. Still, there are little tests that you can perform to give you a better idea of the source of the rust. Start by turning on the hot water in your home. As water flows from the faucet, use it to fill large containers capable of holding a few gallons of water each. If the water is still appearing rusty after you have filled these containers, it is likely coming from your hot water heater. The previous filled containers should have represented enough water to have already rinsed away the rusty debris that could be coating the pipes of your home.
Your water heater leaks a bit.
As soon as you start to notice droplets or tiny puddles of water near your water heater, it's time to call the repairman. A leak or crack in your water tank is only likely to get bigger.
It's important to have the water heater checked even if you only notice a tiny leak that only shows up periodically. Sometimes, periodic leaking is it due to the expansion of the water heater tank as it is heated. This expansion may cause slight cracks to open a bit. As a result, when the water tank is heated, you may notice moisture. However, as the tank cools, it contracts. This can momentarily seal the cracks and stop the leaking.
Your tank emits groaning and rumbling sounds.
Over time, there can be sedimentary residue accumulating at the base of your water tank. The constant temperature changes that the residue undergoes can cause it to clump and harden. Thus, as your water tank fills and releases water, you may hear loud noises from the sediments clanking against the tank.
Keep in mind that the settlement makes your water heater less efficient than it would normally be. Some of the heat that should be used to heat the water is being used to heat the sediment.
To have your water heater assessed, schedule an appointment with a water heater specialist, such as StateWide Mechanical II Inc.