A water heater can cause expensive home damage if it breaks down. The water heater tank holds dozens of gallons, which could suddenly flood your home. Also, if an older water heater does not reach a high enough temperature, it can be a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. If you notice any of the signs below, you should call a plumber for water heater repair.
Discolored Hot Water
If you notice a reddish brown tint to your water or tiny flakes coming out of the tap, you certainly have a plumbing problem. If the cold water runs clear, a failing water heater may be the source of the problem. However, if the cold water has the same tint or sediment as warm or hot water, the issue is likely elsewhere in your plumbing.
This is one of the most obvious symptoms of water heater problems. If you cannot get your shower to heat up past lukewarm despite the setting on your water heater’s dial, call a plumber to come inspect the appliance. Even if your home and water heater are relatively new, there could still be a malfunction or a manufacturing defect causing the issue.
Leaks Near the Water Heater
Puddles or damp spots on the floor near the base of the water heater often mean that you need to call a plumber schedule repairs. Also, if the water heater is on an upper floor, check the ceiling of the rooms directly under it for wet spots, paint bubbling, or excess mildew—these can all be signs of a leak.
Loud Noises During Operation
Any thumping, creaking, or other loud noises when hot taps are running could be a sign of water heater malfunction. Stand next to the water heater when another family member is taking a shower to determine if it is the source of the noise.
Call (866) 999-4703 to schedule an appointment with Ace Plumbing if you suspect that your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced. Our professional plumbers provide service to homeowners throughout the Sacramento area.