For those who live in areas with colder temperatures, it’s almost imperative that your shower comes equipped with some sort of heating device. The last thing you want to be doing is showing with cold water in below-freezing temperatures.
Luckily for you, most modern apartments and homes have built-in water heating systems that can ensure you don’t have a cold day in the bath. But what’s tricky with these systems is that they often go on for years without getting looked at. Listed below are four key signs that you may need to get your water heater repaired.
Noises During Operation
The first indicator for repair needs will usually be auditory, meaning something sounds off with the machine you’re using. It’s a tried-and-true method for cars, refrigerators, and yes even your water heater. Odd noises from general use might indicate something has come loose internally or there might be debris blocking moving parts. Whatever the case may be, irregular noises are definitely a sign to get your water heating system checked.
Rust and Corrosion
Another clear indicator for repair needs would be a visual one: rust. If you look at your water heater and start noticing some rust build-up in odd nooks and crannies chances are the heater is showing some age. When that same corrosion starts building up towards major moving pieces like knobs and connectors, it’s time to repair those key parts lest you run into difficulties just trying to get the water heater working.
Fluctuation of Water Temperatures
One of the most obvious signs that you need to service your water heater is if it can’t keep a regular temperature over a continuous use period. You’ll notice this the most in the bath, where suddenly you get cold spots and hot spots at random intervals. This can create a headache for those looking for longer soaks and is a clear indication that something is wrong with the temperature regulator in your water heating system.
A clear sign, if not a gross one, is water discoloration when you use any of the taps or faucets connected to your water heater line. This can come in the form of cloudy water and even dark brown water spots in the liquid. Absolutely do not attempt to use the water if you find it in this state as you can’t be sure of any chemicals or materials that may be leaking into the water. Contact your nearest water repair service available now.
While we’ve listed some of these items in our list of common water heater issues, it’s important to keep an eye out on other possible issues that can arise from older (and at times even new) water heating units. We’re available when you’re ready to upgrade. We can help you from the moment you start considering new systems to when you’re ready to install the system itself.