During the chilly winter months, a fully functioning water heater is essential, especially if you’re expecting guests for the holidays. It’s relatively common for homeowners to run into plumbing issues this time of year because of the extra strain caused by an increased number of flushes, showers, and running faucets. If you notice any of these issues with your heater, it might be time to speak with a plumber.
3 Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing
1. Unusual Noises
The water heater might hum while it’s running, but it shouldn’t rumble, bang, or make any unusual noises, particularly while it’s heating up. These sounds usually signify hard sediment buildup in the tank. That material can cause mechanical problems and increase your utility bills because the system will have to use more energy to heat the water. Sediment can also increase the risk of leaks, which can usually only be fixed with full water heater replacement.
The running water in your house should look clear and clean, but if it looks reddish-brown when it comes out of the faucet when the hot tap is on, it could mean that the heater is rusting on the inside. Discolored water isn’t necessarily a sign of a failing heater—there’s a chance the pipes are rusty. Ask a plumber to assess the problem, so they can identify the source and resolve the issue before it gets worse.
Water heaters typically last about a decade. If you can’t remember the last time yours was replaced, it might be due for an upgrade. Newer models tend to be more energy-efficient than older water heaters, offsetting the cost of the new unit and installation service.
Don’t wake up to cold showers this winter! With over 30 years of experience, the professionals at James J. Rybczyk Plumbing & Heating & Air Conditioning of Bristol, CT, offer a wide range of home maintenance services, including water heater replacement, 24/7 emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, and heat pump repairs. To speak with a knowledgeable plumber, call (860) 589-2527, and visit them online to view their full list of services.