Water Heater Warning Signs And What They Mean

If you made a list of things you hold dear, chances are your water heater wouldn’t be on it. But a “nice hot shower” or bath very well might be. Well, unless you’re boiling your water over an open hearth, then chances are the very thing supplying that much cherished supply of hot water is none other than your water heater.

The thing is, it’s not going to last forever. In fact, if you get more than 15 years out of yours, that would be quite the exception. So for our first bit of advice, it’s a good idea to know how old your water heater is so you can put yourself on “high alert” once it reaches at least 10 years old, the very threshold where most water heater problems start manifesting themselves – assuming they haven’t already.

Okay, now you’re on high alert. “Great,” you might reply, “now what?” Fair point. So from us to you, here are the most common water heater warning signs to be alert for so you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s going on and how to respond:

  • Fluctuations in water temperature are a reflection of internal tank corrosion, and a leading indicator that your water heater probably needs to be replaced. At the very least, a call to Plumbtastic is in order so we can troubleshoot the problem and properly advise you on what to do next.
  • External tank corrosion or rusting. If you notice corrosion on the outside of the tank, then it’s a safe bet there’s even more internal corrosion. Once again, the extent of that corrosion will be a determining factor in whether it makes more sense to repair or replace your system.
  • Water at the base of or under the storage tank indicates an internal leak that must be addressed before it gets any worse or other leaks appear.
  • Cloudy looking water is an indication of calcium and magnesium build-up inside your storage tank at a very high level. Cloudy looking water is one symptom of hard water and, if you have hard water conditions, the problem is not confined to your water heater. In that instance, you have even more reason to contact us.
  • Diminished hot water supply is yet another indication of a failing water heater – same goes when it takes longer than you can remember for the hot water supply to replenish itself.

Can we tell from where we sit if your “problem child” water heater needs to be repaired or replaced? Of course not. But we can tell you exactly what needs to be done once we thoroughly examine it. To make that happen, all you need to do is contact us by phone or email. Once you do, it won’t be long before you once again have all the hot water supply you and your family expect. Contact Plumbtastic today for the service you need, when you need it.

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