When water heaters suddenly die, it can be a tremendous inconvenience to you in your everyday life. Unfortunately, water heaters often die without much warning—many people don’t realize their hot water heater is dead or malfunctioning until only cold water comes out of the tap, or if they have large leaks.
There are some ways, though, to tell if you’re in need of hot water heater repair in Altoona, PA. Here are just a few examples of signs you should watch for:
- Fluctuating heat levels: Obviously if you don’t have any hot water coming out of your faucets and shower heads at all, there’s a problem with your water heater. But fluctuating temperatures could also be an indication that your water heater is malfunctioning. It could, for example, indicate the presence of mineral deposits around your water heater, or be a sign that certain heating elements of the equipment need to either be repaired or replaced.
- Leaks: If you see leaks around your water heater, obviously you need to have a professional come and examine the issue and make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. Any time you pass by your water heater (typically located in a basement or utility closet), keep an eye around the base of the heater for running water or moisture. If you have a maintenance routine in your home, add this to the list.
- Poor hot water pressure: Mineral deposits don’t just make it harder for your hot water heater to heat up the water—they can also cause blockages in pipes, which result in reduced water pressure coming from your water heater. Other issues can cause reduced pressure coming from your water heater as well, such as a poor system design or kinks in the distribution lines. A professional water heater repair technician will be able to analyze the equipment and its water distribution system to uncover the problem causing the poor water pressure.
- Strange sounds: There should always be a little bit of noise coming from your water heater—it’s a major appliance, so it makes sense that it will emit occasional rumbles and other noises. However, if you start to hear loud bangs, cracks or pops coming from the equipment, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. These sounds are often a sign of built-up mineral deposits that are causing the appliance to overheat. If the tank isn’t leaking already, you might be able to flush and clean it to keep it working.
- Cloudy or weird tasting water: Is there something “off” about your water? Perhaps it comes out cloudy, or has a strange smell. It might also have a metallic sort of taste. This could indicate a buildup of mineral deposits or corrosion in your pipes or the water heater itself. If just the hot water is rusty, this means it’s almost certainly a problem with your water heater.
For more signs you need hot water heater repair in Altoona, PA, contact Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.