If you own or manage a commercial building, the last thing you want to deal with is an equipment emergency or malfunction. Feeling your water supply cool to frigid temperatures is a sure sign your water heater needs attention. Thankfully, there are several signs of trouble you can keep an eye out for to stay ahead of the chilly shock.
Water Heater Red Flags
1. Rust in the Water
Seeing rusty water pour out of the faucet is always a bit of an alarming surprise, but it isn’t always the sign of a faulty water heater. First, check if it is only coming from the hot side of the faucet. If it is, you should do the bucket test to see if the water heater is the issue or if it’s simply some rusty pipes. Pour out a few buckets of water from the heater. If you still see rust by the third round, it’s time to think about a replacement.
2. Strange Noises
While you’re bound to hear the occasional creak in the plumbing system, loud rumbling noises are a big red flag of potentially serious issues. The older a water heater gets, the more sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank. This sediment makes the heater rumble and groan during the heating process, but its effect is more than just noise. Sediment makes the water heater use more electricity or gas to heat water and can damage the tank to the point of cracks and leaks. Once you notice these sounds, your water heater is most likely on its way out, so replacing it sooner than later is the best course of action.
3. Pooling Around the Water Heater
Pools of water around a water heater can indicate a crack in the tank. When the metal of the tank heats up, it expands and allows water to slip through small fractures. Replacing the water heater is the best solution for this problem, but it’s also good to check all of the connectors and pipes before doing so. If any of these are loose, you may be able to just replace those specific parts instead of the entire system.
New England Combustion Products has delivered the best in boiler room and combustion services to the Rockland, MA, area for more than 40 years. No matter the commercial venue, the company takes pride in their ability to expertly handle a wide range of water heater needs with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction. For more information, call (781) 337-8888 to speak with a friendly representative or visit the website today.