Telling Signs That Your Water Heater Is About To Give Up The Ghost

by - April 25, 2018

The bathroom is a sacred place for most people, but especially ladies. The bathroom is a hallowed sanctuary where we can leave the world and its problems behind. It’s a place where we can leave the role of mother, friend, daughter, sister, lover or wife at the door and spend some quality time with ourselves. This could mean dutifully following our skincare regimen in the morning, enjoying that invigorating hot shower after our workout at the gym or soaking in a long bath with a glass of red wine and a good book at the end of the day. Yet, the peaceful solitude of this sanctuary can easily be shattered when our plumbing is sub optimal. When the water heater dies, chances of a relaxing bath in the evening die with it.

While water heater repair can be relatively affordable, major repairs or replacement are big jobs which could be potentially disruptive. As in most things, knowing the signs that your heater is about to give up the ghost and acting decisively can make all the difference. With that in mind, here are some important signs that your heater may need some TLC sooner rather than later…

Strange noises

For many of us, a little groaning and gurgling in the walls is to be expected, especially for those of us who live in older houses. Nonetheless, strange noises can be a sign that you’re in imminent need of water heater repair. As minerals from your water supply harden into a stubborn sediment, this substance can settle on heating elements, impairing their function and making them far less efficient. If you hear a loud rumbling or banging coming from your water heater this is a sure sign that an expert needs to intervene ASAP!

Low hot water pressure

While sometimes we may be able to hear the effects of sediment on our water heating apparatus, more often than not it will manifest itself in subtler ways. If you notice a loss of hot water pressure, this can also be a telling sign of sediment buildup. Unfortunately this tends to take place over a long time scale making it harder to detect with the naked eye (or, indeed, the naked body). If you suspect your hot water pressure is not what it once was, you can check for signs of sediment yourself by flushing your water heater. Any self respecting DIY Jane can do this (here’s how). If, however, your water is running reddish or discolored or you notice a sandy colored sediment in your heater this may be a sign of water contamination and may need an expert hand.

Reduced hot water supply or no hot water at all

We’re all used to the hot water running cold. It’s usually a sign of nothing more ominous than our significant other taking a deep bath full well knowing that you’d be coming back from work within an hour. If your hot tap is constantly running cold or even occasionally tepid this may be a sign of a mechanical fault in your water heater. Because the reasons for this are extremely diffuse it’s often impossible for an unpracticed eye to ascertain them at first glance. Thus, consultation with an expert is probably the way to go.

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