4 Water Heater Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

A leaking water heater

We all rely on hot water in our homes for everything from showering and doing dishes to laundry and cleaning. So, when our water heater breaks down, it can be a major inconvenience. However, many people don't realize that there are often warning signs that a water heater is about to fail. By being aware of these signs, you can avoid a complete breakdown and the resulting upheaval in your home.


As with most appliances in your home, your water heater has a specific lifespan. Depending on the type of water heater you have, it can last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Of course, this is just an average - some units may last longer, while others may need to be replaced sooner. If you're not sure how old your water heater is, you can usually find the date of manufacture on the unit itself. A sign of your water heater getting up there in age is the hot water in your house doesn’t last as long as it used to.


If you hear odd sounds coming from your water heater, they should not be ignored. Clanking or banging noises may indicate that the heating element is loose or damaged, while hissing or whistling sounds could signal a leak in the tank. If you notice any of these unusual sounds coming from your water heater, it's important to have it checked by a professional as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to serious damage or even a complete breakdown of the unit. With a little preventative maintenance, however, you can help ensure that your water heater will provide years of trouble-free service.


If you've ever spotted rust on your water heater, you may have been tempted to simply ignore it and hope it goes away. However, rust is a serious problem that can lead to a number of serious consequences if left untreated. First of all, rust will eventually cause the metal of your water heater to weaken and corrode. This can lead to leaks, which can not only cause extensive damage to your home but also pose a serious risk of electrocution. In addition, rust can clog your water heater's inner workings, making it less efficient and more likely to break down.


Smelly or Dirty Water

If your house’s water supply is suddenly smelling off or cloudy or brown, that could be a sign your water heater is contaminated. If you do not regularly flush your home’s water tank it can lead to bacteria growth. It is recommended to flush your water tank at least once or twice a year. This will also help clear out sediment buildup that can lead to cloudy or dirty water. If your home has smelly or dirty water it is important to act fast as this can cause a health risk to your and your family.

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