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Signs of a Failing Water Heater

A water heater is an important appliance that’s responsible for increasing the temperature of the H2O throughout a building. Although water heaters are built to last more than 10 years, they can begin to suffer from multiple issues over time. Here are a few of the top signs that your water heater is failing and needs immediate service.

1. Cloudy Water

You may begin to notice that your water starts to become cloudy and is accompanied by a metallic scent or taste. The water heater can release mineral deposits, which will begin to affect faucets and will eventually lead to clogs. The pipes of the heater can also form rust, which will cause the water to become orange or red.

2. Lack of Hot Water

One of the most common signs that your water heater is no longer working well is if it’s failing to heat the water in the building. The shower may take longer to become warm, or you may not get much hot water when washing your hands in the sink. Older water heaters can have mineral deposits that become loose and settle at the bottom of the tank. This creates a barrier between the water and the burner.

3. Leaks

Leaking tank water may be present underneath the heater due to corrosion, which often leads to cracks and fractures on the appliance. Unfortunately, leaks are a sign that the water heater needs to be immediately replaced to prevent the room from becoming flooded.

4. Unusual Noises

Many homeowners begin to hear crackling or rumbling noises from their water heaters. This is a red flag that there’s mineral buildup on the surface of the heater. Pockets of air cause the popping as the sediment layer begins to boil with the water.

Quality Water Heater Repair

We invite you to contact Beyer Plumbing in San Antonio today to learn more about the signs to look for if your water heater begins to fail on your property. We provide a variety of services related to plumbing, air conditioning, heating systems, water softening and more, so give us a call today.