Water heaters are important aspects of your home’s plumbing system. They help just about everywhere–doing the dishes, washing clothes, taking a shower, even washing your hands (if you don’t enjoy freezing water, that is!). We rely a lot on this one device, so even the smallest issue can quickly turn into a serious challenge. Luckily, there are a few warning signs that can tip you off about trouble before disaster strikes.
Water Heater Problems
Water heaters are susceptible to all kinds of small issues here and there, but the truly formidable problems occur almost exclusively during the winter. This is because of the extreme temperature fluctuations that can take place in some of the places we store water heaters. The metal tanks respond to the temperatures and react to the surroundings, expanding, contracting, and generally weakening. On top of that, water heaters also face danger from the mineral content in your water–and that, unfortunately, can be a problem during any season. However, most water heater problems, big and small, have warning signs; you just have to know what to look for.
Advice From Experts
Let our Boise Water Heater experts tell you what to watch for!
- Leaks. Leaks themselves can be hard to notice on a water heater, especially if they happen to be small, but a much easier thing to notice is water where it doesn’t belong. If there are puddles, water droplets, unusual “running water” noises, or noticeable leaks, you’ve got yourself a problem.
- Water. Another good indication of water heater trouble is the temperature of the water while you’re using it. Do your showers tend to run too hot? Do you freeze your hands in cold water when you try to do the dishes? Does the water temperature simply not match the setting on your water heater? These are all good signs that something needs to be looked at or fixed.
- Rust. Occasionally, you might notice rust coming out of your faucet with the water. This is dangerous for a variety of reasons, both for your health and for your plumbing. Check your water heater first–but the truth is that rust coming out of the faucet might mean problems elsewhere, too, so be sure to call in a plumber to make sure everything is safe.
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By Tim Smith
Published: May 19, 2016