You probably don’t even think about your hot water heater and how well it’s performing on a daily basis, until it gives you a problem, that is. If you feel that your water heating isn’t working properly, there are a variety of signs and indicators to watch for.
Following are the top 5 ways to know if your water heater is not working properly.
1. Noisy Pipes
If your pipes are making a lot of noise, your water heater might be making your water too hot, causing the pipes to make noise because the hot water is creating steam inside the pipes. Check your water heater’s thermostat. Most water heaters should be set between 120 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can’t control your water temperature, you should contact your local, professional plumber for repair help.
2. Murky Water
Sediment can build up in your water heater causing the water coming out of your faucet to be murky or brown. Sediment buildup can also cause your water heater to take longer than usual to generate hot water. If you suspect sediment buildup, your water heater will need to be drained.
3. No Hot Water or Low Pressure
If you don’t have hot water or you have very low water pressure, a breaker inside the water heater’s access panel may have been flipped to the off position. You might be able to fix this by resetting the water heater using the reset button inside the access panel. However, a blown breaker will need to be repaired by a professional.
A leaking water heater can cause all sorts of problems, including a lack of hot water. Over time, leaks will get worse, so they need to be dealt with immediately. Mineral and corrosion buildup around the water heater is a common sign that your water heater may be leaking even if you don’t notice pooling water.
5. Water Smells Funny
Bacteria can build up in your water heater despite the high water temperature. If your water has a metallic or sulfur-like odor, you may need to purify your water tank. A professional cleaning will help. A licensed plumber can also add an appropriate amount of chlorine to your water to get rid of the bacteria buildup.
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