Water heater issues can be subtle, and difficult to detect outside of professional maintenance. That’s part of the reason why we recommend scheduling maintenance for your water heater at least once a year.
Even so, maintenance is not a guarantee against problems ever occurring. You should still keep an eye out for issues that may crop up between maintenance appointments. The following are just a few of the signs that you should call for a professional to check out your water heater as soon as possible.
Even a small leak in the water heater system can cause all kinds of problems, if it’s located in the wrong area. A leak in a valve or pump can prevent the system from properly circulating water. A leak in the tank can cause the entire thing to rupture, more often than not leading to replacing the entire system. Don’t ever ignore any leaks that you find in your water heater. Always call for repairs as soon as you can.
Issues Providing Hot Water
If your water heater seems to be having more trouble providing hot water than it should, there could be a number of different problems. You could have sediment buildup in your water heater tank, in which case, the water inside will be insulated from the heat generated by the burner assembly. The assembly itself could also be clogged, in which case it won’t be able to generate much heat at all. Either way, it’s something you’re going to need to have a professional repair for you.
If your water heater doesn’t seem to be starting at all, it might be an electrical issue preventing it from igniting the burner assembly. The pilot device might be malfunctioning, or it may even be something as simple as the circuit breaker needing to be reset. If your water heater isn’t starting, you should definitely have a professional look at it as soon as you can.
Rapid Temperature Changes
If your water heater is working just fine, and then suddenly blasts you with cold water, you may have a dip tube issue. The dip tube is the part of the system that keeps fresh water flowing into the tank, and hot water leaving the tank separate. If the tube cracks, it can lead to cold water mixing with the hot water leaving the system. This can cause sudden temperature changes at the faucet. The dip tube will likely need to be replaced in this case.
These are just a few of the many issues that can affect your water heater. If you notice any kind of unusual behavior from your water heater, it’s probably a good idea to call for repairs even if you can’t put your finger on what exactly is wrong. Better to be safe than sorry, after all.