Five Signs it’s Time to Call a Professional
Your water heater does a lot of behind the scenes work, nearly every chore in your home relies on it. That being said, it should be expected that at one point or another, your water heater will have possible issues. This all depends on the age and condition of your current water heater. These units were built to last, but like any other appliance, they can have their fair share of hiccups.
Check out these signs that indicate something with your water heater needs to be addressed. Also, remember the sooner you take action, the less likely a minor problem will turn into a bigger and more expensive one.
1. No Hot Water in the House?
Feeling a great chill in the morning as you step into the bath? If you notice your water running cold, and only cold, contact us and one of our technicians will locate the source of the issue. water temperature issues are common, but it is best to have a professional look into them and diagnose the root cause of the problem.
For San Diego homeowners with a gas water heater, you can check the thermostat to see if your settings have changed. For our electric water heaters owners, you need to stand back and wait for an expert. Handling anything electric can be very dangerous.
2. Ouch! The Water is Too Hot!
Hopefully, your water heater does not flip flop between providing varying unwanted temperatures, but much like having no hot water, too much hot water is a sign that your water heater needs to be examined as well.
Also keep in mind, unlike water that is only running cold, water that is too hot can be dangerous. At ASI, we recommend water not being heated above 120 degrees.
You risk the chance of burning your skin when your water is too hot. Adjusting water temperature is a common job our technicians can complete.
3. Leaks and Sitting Water
Wet floors or pooling water near or around your water heater means there’s a leak somewhere in or around the unit. The key is locating the leak as soon as you notice any excess water.
This helps fix a relatively minor problem before it starts causing big issues. A technician will be able to locate the leak if you are unable to, and they will work to properly seal it.
As for the water lingering on the floor, wipe it dry and then place some old towels on the ground to help absorb any future puddles. Avoiding a damp area is key, as damp and dark areas are a great home for mold, which is something you really don’t want to deal with.
If you have any sort of large fan that can be placed near the leaky area, do so. This will help keep the area dry while you wait on the repair.
4. Noises Coming from the Water Heater
Hearing strange sounds in your home? If your ears lead you to your water heater, it’s best to call a professional as something is wrong internally. Keep in mind that most of the time your appliances will make only quiet operational sounds like a light humming.
Banging can mean something has broken loose in the tank or a part has completely stopped working. A loud banging or other out-of-the-ordinary noise means the unit needs to be serviced.
5. Bad Smelling or Rust Colored Water
Don’t drink the water! And forget that shower for the time being. Discolored water coming out of your sink or tub faucet means that the water main may be having some issues.
Oftentimes rusty-looking or brown water appears as sediment or minerals build up and make their way through the pipes of your home. This issue is fairly common, and our team will be able to help get your water running clear as soon as possible.
Hard water can also cause a large mineral deposit in your water heater. Over time, this mineral deposit can build up so much that excess sediments are making it into your hot water. When this is happening on a newer unit, a simple water heater flush can do the trick.
If you are experiencing problems with your water heater, we encourage you to call, or click here, and schedule an appointment with our team today!