Water heater repairs have a way of sneaking up on people, mostly because water heaters are placed in out-of-the-way parts of the house and tend to do their jobs very quietly. Our weather in Westlake, OH can wreak plenty of havoc on other parts of the house without having to add the water heater to the mix. But like any other appliance, water heaters can suffer wear and tear over time, and if yours hasn’t been serviced in a while then all of those years of work may come back to bite you. You can help your cause out by watching for signs that your water heater needs repairs, then summoning trained help quickly when you do. Here are 3 of them that bear particular mention.
1. Discolored Water
Discolored water usually indicates rust or corrosion on the interior sides of the tank’s wall, which is a serious problem. Ideally the anode rod should take care of it, but if the rod hasn’t been changed, then the corrosion may necessitate a replacement system. If your water appears rusty or discolored, especially if it’s water from the hot tap, then there may be a problem.
2. Gurgling Noises
Over time, sediment will form in your water tank and settle on the bottom, forming an insulating barrier between the water and the heat source. They often form formations, and as the water moves through those formations, it creates a gurgling sound. A technician can flush the tank and remove the sediment in the process.
If your water tank has been breached, then it might not show it immediately. The breach can seal again when the water cools down, leaving no apparent sing of trouble. But if puddles have formed at the bottom of the water tank, then you know there’s a problem afoot.
Call Westland Heating and Air to handle water heater problems of all varieties.