How To Spot A Broken Water Heater

One question that many homeowners have is, “How do I know if my water heater is working properly?” Luckily there are many warning signs that will let you know that your water heater is on the fritz. If you notice any of the signs listed below, it is likely time to call a San Diego plumber to come out and perform an inspection. Doing so will allow you, and your water heater, to get back to normal.

Rust In The Water

One indicator that your water heater might be having problems is if you notice rust in your water. Even a rusty smell when you run the water might indicate a water heater problem. This tells you that your water heater is corroded, and likely about to breakdown.

Strange Noises Coming From The Water Heater

Another sign that your water heater might be experiencing issues is strange noises coming from the water heater. These noises likely indicate a problem with the machinery in the water heater. Pay close attention to any strange noises that you hear coming from your water heater.

Water That Does Not Get Hot/Not Enough Hot Water

Another sign of a broken water heater is, of course, poor performance. This is a sign that is difficult to miss. When your water does not get hot enough, takes an extra-long time to heat up, or does not produce enough hot water, this is a sure sign that something is not right. This is definitely an incentive to have inspections and repairs made immediately. After all, no one likes a freezing cold shower.

If Your Water Heater Is 10 Years Old Or Older

Another thing to be mindful of is the age of your water heater. Most water heaters have a lifespan of around 10 years. So if your water heater is nearing this age, it is time to start paying especially close attention to the warning signs mentioned above. In fact, it is recommended that you have your water inspected after you have had it for 10 years, just to ensure that everything is working properly.

Who To Call If Your Water Heater Is Broken

At this point you might be wondering who to call if you are experiencing any issues with your water heater. It is definitely recommended that you call a plumbing company to come out and take a look at your water heater. Plumbing companies have extensive experience with water heater inspection, and will know exactly what to look for. If repairs need to be made, an experienced plumber will be able to repair your water heater in no time flat. Similarly, if your water heater is to the point where it actually needs replacing, a plumber will be able to help out with that as well. Speaking of replacements, it is recommended that you have repairs made as soon as possible, before the issue becomes big enough that it requires a water heater replacement.

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