We’re just leaving the cold season behind. If your water heater lived to see the end of the winter, you should count yourself lucky. However, it won’t live forever. If you don’t want to run out of hot water out of the blue, watch for some tell-tale signs that your heater isn’t aging well or needs a repair.
Like most home appliances, a water heater requires maintenance and has a certain lifespan. Heating systems’ parts are exposed to wear and tear with time. So, if you notice one of the signs below, look for professionals for tanked water heater repair.
If you notice leakage from your tank, take immediate action. You’ll see a pool forming around the heater—that’s an unmistakable sign of trouble. It’s an especially dangerous issue if you have kids or pets at home, or if your tank is near other electric appliances.
If not dealt with timely, this problem can lead to corrosion of both internal and external parts, not to mention damage to your floor. You’ll notice that you’ll run out of hot water much faster than usual, and it will also show on your electric bill. If your tank is glass-linen made, you’ll probably have to replace it, as there’s no way to fix the crack.
Rusty or Discoloured Water
If water is coming out from the tap, and it’s rusty, it could be due to one of two things: a problem with the pipes or rust in the tank. However, if the water has small particles or sediments, you should probably check your heater. Consuming it can lead to health problems.
Less Hot Water Than Usual
You bought your heating system expecting a certain level of performance. If you notice that your water heater isn’t putting out as much hot water as before, or that the utility bills are spiking, it’s time to look at the tank. Leakage could be one of the main reasons, but it isn’t the only one. Other parts could be broken or damaged, so it usually takes a professional to solve the problem.
What You Can Do
Avoid problems with your water heater for as long as possible: flush it regularly. Not washing it will cause sediment build-up at the bottom of it. These sediments will eventually crack if you have a glass-linen tank. Unfortunately, such a problem can’t be repaired, so you’ll have to deal with a costly replacement. Flushing your tank, on the other hand, is free. It’s definitely not a fun task, but a necessary one.
Here’s how you do it:
- Turn off the electricity and water valves
- Use hoses on the T-shaped hot and cold valves
- Check if your tank requires a sump pump or can be emptied manually
- Wash the tank using pure vinegar
- Flush it with water
- Once it’s washed, close up the valves and take off the hoses
Turning off the Tap
When washing your tank, refrain from using cider vinegar because it can stain your tank. Ensure that the valves are appropriately connected to the hoses before releasing the tank’s content. Not doing so can cause hot water to spray, putting everyone around it in danger.
The maintenance routine of a tanked water heater is pretty straightforward and risk-free if done with care. Anyway, if you don’t feel safe doing it, don’t hesitate to call a professional.