3 Reasons Why Your Water Heater Needs Servicing

Posted on: 4 May 2015

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Every homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of the appliances in their home, and the water heater is no exception. With it being essential for your daily shower and cleaning dishes, you definitely do not want to go a day with the heater being broken.

Look for these 3 signs that the water heater will need to be serviced to prevent a problem from happening:

The Water Never Gets Hot Enough

You may have been noticing that you need to run the hot water longer each day to get it warm enough for your morning shower. This is a sign that something is wrong with your water heater. One possibility is that the water heater's thermostat is broken. If you have lost the ability to control the heating element in the tank, it could lead to the temperature slowly dropping over time.

The Water Heater Is Making Loud Noises

A water heater that is running properly is a silent water heater. Hearing noises such as loud bangs is not normal, and a sign that there is a problem. A common cause of banging is sediment buildup.

As sediment comes into your tank through the main water line, it will collect along the bottom. It will make it harder for the tank to heat the water, which puts more stress on the heating element. When the water gets hot, the water and sediment will start moving around, causing that banging sound you hear.

Fixing this problem is easy, as all you need to do is flush the water in the tank. Turn off the heating element, and drain all of the water from the release valve located on the bottom. All the sediment will come out with the water, giving you a fresh start when refilling the water heater with clean water.

The Water Heater Is Leaking

If your water heater is leaking along the side or bottom of the tank, that means the tank is starting to rust through and will need replacement. Chances are that the anode rod inside the tank has deteriorated, and rust is now affecting the tank itself. If it has reached this point, you'll need a new water heater.

Leaks coming from pipe fittings are a different story though. Reapply plumber's tape to the pipe threads, and tighten connections to stop leaks from happening.

Is your water heater still acting up? Then it may be time to contact a professional to get to the bottom of the problem at hand. To learn more, contact a company like Mechanical Energy Systems with any questions you have.