Is Your Water Heater in Distress? 4 Signs That It May Be
If your water usage is similar to most Californians, your hot water heater gets a lot of use. From heating up water for bathing or to laundry, or even for washing dishes, it is likely that you constantly need hot water when you’re at home. However, it is also true that if you are like most homeowners, you may not realize there is a problem until it has become a big problem.
This is why regular inspections and maintenance are important. Keep reading to discover four signs that your hot water heater is in distress and in need of repairs. Then contact The Stanley Louis Company at 800-217-6527 for hot water heater or boiler service.
Your hot water heater is more than a decade old
You’ve noticed water leaking
Loud noises are coming from your water heater
Call us right away if you notice strong smells or discolored water
Hot water heaters do not last forever. Most traditional water heaters will work optimally for around a decade. If you do not know how old your water heater is, look for a sticker on the side that tells you what year it was installed. You can also contact the manufacturer of the hot water heater or ask your serviceperson to give you an estimate on how old it is.
If your hot water heater is leaking water then that is a sure sign that there is a serious issue. If this is not taken care of, the leakage could get worse and cause serious damage to your home’s floors and walls. You do not want to deal with the cost or hassle of repairing water damage – nor do you want to deal with the mold and mildew that can result from water damage.
Every appliance makes some kind of noise but after a while you know what noises your appliances are supposed to make and which are abnormal. If you have heard a sound from your water heather that you do not usually hear, or if you are hearing a typical noise but it is much louder than it used to be, then you could be dealing with a problem. Any loud, rumbling sound is cause for concern.
If you use your hot water and notice that it either smells bad or is yellow or brownish, then it could be that there is rust inside your tank. This is a common issue – especially in older homes that have galvanized plumbing pipes – but it could be the result of corrosion in the water heater. This is an issue that could be fixed by simply flushing your water heater but only if you get help sooner rather than later.
After reading these four signs of distress, do you believe that you may need to talk to the pros? At The Stanley Louis Company we are ready to take your call at 800-217-6527.