You rely on your water heater every day, so naturally you want to make sure that you're taking great care of it. How do you know when a water heater needs maintenance though? Fortunately, your water heater will actually give you a few different signs that it's in need of some professional help. The experts here at Day & Nite Plumbing and Heating are ready to assist you whenever you notice these signs of trouble.
If the water coming out of your faucet isn't clear, there are a variety of potential culprits. Rust-colored or discolored water could indicate that the inside of your water heater tank is rusting. This is a problem for a few reasons. The water coming into your home may not be fit for consumption, and your water heater may be getting more damaged if you delay calling in a pro. One of our furnace repair experts would be able to tell if your water heater needs some maintenance or an outright replacement.
Water Smell is Off
It's not just your eyes that can notice something wrong with your water. Your nose can detect some issues as well. Water that smells funny, like rotten eggs, could be a sign that your water heater isn't operating at peak performance. Each water heater has an anode that help it avoid corrosion, but over time it could begin to dissolve. This can cause your water to smell strange, and that's a definite sign that it's time to call in a plumber.
Higher Utility Bills
If your utility bills are on the rise, it could be a sign of water heater troubles. Your water heater uses energy to heat up your water to the temperature you need. If it's using up more energy and causing an increase in your utility bills, that means that it's working harder and taking longer to get your water heated. If you've noticed that water doesn't warm up quite as quickly as it used to, keep an eye on your bill and call in a pro if you think that your water heater is having problems.
Your water heater might also be leaking, causing an increase in your water bill as well as damage to your home. In any case, it could be time for some routine water heater maintenance.
Water Temperature Issues
Of course, this is an obvious sign that there's trouble with your water heater. It has one job, so if your water isn't warm, it's definitely having issues. The pilot light could be out, or there could be another problem that's causing your water heater to struggle. Our plumbing professionals can find the problem and get your hot water running again in no time.
If your water heater is old, it may be time for some maintenance or a complete replacement. A manufacturer's sticker will tell you how old the unit is. If your heater is more than a decade old, it might be time for a replacement.
Even if it's not, it might be a good idea to call in one of our plumbing pros to see if there are any problems with it before the weather really gets cold.