As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you are keeping an eye on your hot water heater. After all, the last thing you want is to wake up for work one day to find yourself without any hot water for a shower. Take a moment to review the following signs of hot water heater trouble so you can correct the problem before it gets out of hand.
Muddy Looking Water
If the water coming out of your faucet is muddy looking, it could be a problem with your hot water tank. First, you might want to check with your local water company or town authorities to see if they are doing any work on some local water lines. Sometimes, when they are working on some lines, the water will look a little muddy until the work is completed and all of the dirt runs through the pipes until it is clear. If there is no local work being completed, then you might have a sediment buildup in your tank. A plumber can flush the tank for you in order to remove the buildup of sediment. If the sediment is too bad, it might be time to replace the tank.
The Water Is Warm Instead Of Hot
Should you find that the hot water is not actually hot, but it is more warm than anything, you might have a problem with a heating element. Before calling the plumber for an appointment, you will want to make sure that the thermostat was not accidentally turned down. You might have to simply increase the temperature setting in order to get your hot water back. If that does not work, then you will probably need a plumber to replace the heating element. If the repair is not done quickly, you might find that you will not even have any warm water because the element completely burned out.
The Heater Is Making Cracking Noises
If you are hearing a lot of cracking or popping noises, there is a good chance that the heating elements within your tank have a lot of mineral deposits building up on them. If the problem is severe enough, your plumber will simply want to replace the heating elements rather than try to save them.
With all of these things in mind, you should have no problem making sure that your hot water tank stays in the best shape possible. If you do notice any issues, be sure to contact a plumber from a company like Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc.