Your home’s water heater is one of the easiest large appliances to maintain, as long as it’s installed properly and you don’t ignore the signs of trouble brewing. While all your water heater needs is a little maintenance from time to time, many homeowners seem to fall into the mindset of “out of sight, out of mind” with this appliance. Your water heater sits in a dark corner of the house, so you’re likely to notice a drop in hot water temperature before noticing anything visually wrong with the water heater itself.
Should you try solving your water problems yourself, or call an expert for help? That depends. Below are the three most common types of hot water heater issues in Coweta County, GA.
Not enough hot water
If the hot water temperature on your water heater is set fairly high, then hot showers should be hot, not lukewarm, and it shouldn’t take forever to get hot water to come out of a faucet. The bad news is that a lack of sufficient hot water is a sign of a failing water heater.
Most standard home water heaters hold 30 to 50 gallons in their storage tanks. When the water heats up, minerals in the water separate and settle at the bottom of the tank, where they accumulate over time and form a barrier between the water and the burner. The greater the sediment buildup, the harder the tank’s heating element has to work. To avoid this, schedule an annual tank flushing. And if you have hard water, consider investing in a water conditioning system.
The water coming out of your taps should be clear, not murky, and it should not have a metallic smell. If this is the case, you probably have a failing water heater. Water cloudiness occurs when mineral deposits escape the water heater tank and end up flowing from your faucets. Minerals can also clog faucets and elements in the unit. Be on the lookout for a cloudy orange or reddish color in the water, which is a sign of rusty pipes.
Filtering your water is a short-term fix. Once rust reaches the tank or pipes, your only real option is to replace them.
Leaking water heater tank
It’s important to check for water pooling beneath your water heater tank on a regular basis. Tank leaks are caused by cracks and fractures causing corrosion within the tank. A leaky water heater tank is a serious issue that often requires a replacement unit—replace it before it bursts open completely and floods your house. If the tank is leaking heavily, turn off the water supply at the water main. This will stop water from flowing into the tank, giving you time to call a plumbing expert for help.
Water heaters need periodic service and maintenance to ensure they function as they should. If you have a hot water issue that needs to be looked at, don’t hesitate to contact Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. We’d be happy to dispatch a qualified emergency plumber in Coweta County, GA right away!