Water heaters are just as prone to problems as any other home system. You may not notice them as often as, say, when your heater or air conditioner develops some sort of issue, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. It’s important that you know what kinds of symptoms can indicate that there is some sort of problem with your water heater, so that you can call for repairs as soon as possible. The faster you notice that your water heater is dealing with some sort of issue, the more damage you can prevent by getting it fixed. Below are some of the common symptoms that indicate that your water heater is in need of repairs.
Any time you see a leak in your water heater, no matter how large it is or where it is located in the system, you should call for repairs as soon as you can. Leaks have the potential to cause an immense amount of damage to the system over time. If the leak is located in the storage tank, for example, it can eventually grow large enough that it will rupture the tank. Don’t ignore leaks in your water heater if you want to keep it in good condition.
Low Hot Water Output
If your water heater is not generating enough hot water, there could be a number of different possible reasons. You could have a partially clogged burner assembly, which will prevent the system from generating enough heat. You could also have sediment buildup in the storage tank large enough to insulate the water inside from the heat. You’ll need to have a technician check out your system to know for certain, but you should definitely call for repairs if you notice this symptom.
Sudden Changes in Water Temperature
If you’re using hot water, and suddenly the temperature at the faucet turns cold, it might mean that you have a problem with the dip tube. The dip tube is the part of the water heater that guides fresh water from the water line to the bottom of the tank. It does this so that the water will heat up faster, and be separated from the warm water leaving the system at the top of the tank. The tube itself is often just made of PVC pipe, though, which means that it can easily crack over time. A cracked dip tube will leak cold water into the hot water leaving the tank, which is how you end up with those sudden shifts at the faucet. Replacing the dip tube is typically what is required in order to solve this particular problem.
These are just a few of the various issues that can affect your water heater. If you notice any kind of suspicious activity with your water heater at all, we recommend that you call for repairs just to be safe.