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How to Tell When Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Does your water heater need maintenance or just routine upkeep?

When’s the last time you checked your water heater? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably take your water heater for granted, like when you wash dishes or take a hot shower and don’t think to get regular maintenance. Most of us don’t notice anything wrong with our water heater until there’s nothing but cold water coming out. But if you pay attention and lookout for these signs, you’ll be able to catch the issue before the problem becomes out-of-hand and expensive.

Rusty or Cloudy Water

If you turn on your hot water and it comes out looking rusty, this means that there are sediment and mineral deposits built up in the bottom of your tank. If it’s on both hot and cold water, that means there’s probably corrosion in your pipes. Both of these problems need the attention of a professional plumber to stop the corrosion before it permanently damages your pipes or water heater. If the water comes out cloudy it is most likely another sign of mineral deposits, but this problem is less urgent. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your water heater will help keep them from building up and damaging the inside of your tank.

Lack of Hot Water

If you have no hot water at all, that’s probably a no-brainer that your water heater is broken. But there can be smaller clues before it completely fails. If it takes a lot longer than normal for the water to get hot, there may be some part of your tank that needs to be replaced. If the water fluctuates from hot to cold and back to hot again, it may mean that mineral deposits have built up around the heating elements of your heater and they will need to be repaired or replaced.

Another indicator of mineral deposit buildup is low water pressure. Mineral deposits can build up enough to block pipes, which will reduce the water pressure coming out of your water heater. It’s important to note that if your water heater is the problem, then it will only be happening to your hot water. If you’re noticing this problem in both hot and cold water, the issue is somewhere else within the piping.

Water Around the Water Heater

A leaking water tank seems like an obvious sign of a problem, but you probably won’t notice this issue until the hot water actually goes out. How often do you go out and inspect your water heater? Try and incorporate monthly inspections into the rest of your home care routine, such as on the same day that you check your smoke detectors. If you see pools of water around your water heater tank, you most likely have a leak. Call a professional immediately because even small leaks can cause major damage to your home. Mason Mechanical has a 24/7 phone service line for plumbing emergencies like this.

Unusual Noises

Your water heater will make regular noises that any large appliance should be expected to. But if you hear knocking, cracking, popping or rumbling noises, your heater probably has residue build-up. Mineral deposits take up room in your tank, making it less efficient because it will take more energy and likely overheat to heat your water. Left untreated, these build-ups can damage your tank, causing leaks and cracks.

Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your water heater running smoothly. A routine flush and fill can ensure that you will have the maximum volume of heatable water while increasing the efficiency and lifetime of your system. Call Mason Mechanical today to schedule your annual water heater maintenance. Save money by becoming a part of our Mason MVP program!