Do you know the signs that it’s time to repair your water heater? Read on to learn more!
You Run Out of Hot Water
It would be nice if we all had unlimited amounts of hot water on demand. In a perfect world, that would be the norm. In the real world, hot water heaters have their limits, and occasionally they run low on hot water. If you have several people living together who enjoy taking long, hot showers one right after the other, you’ll likely need to give the water heater a little time to recuperate. If the water heater runs out of hot water before one person gets through their shower, you may have a bad dip tube, broken heating element, or a faulty thermostat.
You’re Getting Nothing but Lukewarm Water
Is there ever a good time to turn on the faucet and get lukewarm rather than hot water? Maybe if it’s 98 degrees outside and you want to cool off in a tepid bath. Lukewarm water is a subtle sign that something inside your water heater has gone awry. Don’t panic. Check the thermostat first and make sure it’s set high enough. The normal setting is between 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. If the setting is correct and it’s still underperforming, call an HVAC repair service. Depending on whether your water heater is electric or gas, you could have a bad element or a faulty burner.
Rusty Tap Water Is a Problem
When you turn on the tap you expect crystal clear water, right? While it’s not exactly a subtle sign, if you get a shot of rusty water when you turn on the hot water faucet, it’s a clue that there’s trouble somewhere. Keep calm. Rusty water doesn’t always mean your hot water heater is going bad. If you live in an old house with old, galvanized iron plumbing, the pipes might be corroded. Sometimes your city may experience problems with the municipal water supply that causes discoloration in your tap water. Try this easy test. Turn on your cold-water faucet. If the water looks rusty or discolored, it’s not your water heater. Clear water means you should call your repair service.
You Have a Puddle
There’s the river caused by a broken water heater and there’s the small puddle that looks innocent enough but makes you wonder if you have a problem. It might not be a problem today, but the small leak could grow. Take a minute and inspect the area near the water heater. Sometimes you can see where the water is coming from. If not, clean up the water. Then, come back every hour or so and see if it’s back. If the puddle persists, contact an HVAC contractor to come out and check things out for you.
These are a few of the more subtle clues your hot water heater can give that indicate you may need a repair. Sometimes a hot water heater rumbles or makes clanging noises. This isn’t so subtle, but also deserves attention. Gainesville Mechanical knows hot water heaters! Give us a call today for plumbing services in Gainesville and we’ll schedule an inspection.