Five Warning Signs that Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Five Warning Signs that Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Water heaters are essential to our homes and we rely on daily for a steaming hot shower, bubble baths, washing clothes, dishes and more. When your water heater stops working you are not able to take part in your everyday routine that involves using warm water. Here are five warning signs that show your water heater may need some help:

NOT ENOUGH HOT WATER

Are you finding that you have to shorten your showers because the hot water is not lasting long  enough and is turning freezing cold? A hot water heater should provide enough hot water for at least two showers back to back.

THERE’S A MONSTER DOWN THERE

Do you ever hear rumbling sounds coming from the bottom of your water heater or even sounds like small rocks or pebbles rolling around? If you hear any of these noises chances are you have a build up that needs to be cleaned.

RELIEF VALVE LEAKING

If your relief valve has a constant non-stop drip to it, then there is a possibility it could be filled with mineral deposits that could block it off completely. This could potentially result in a water heater explosion. This is not something to mess around with or wait it out to see if it gets better on its own. Call us immediately to fix this problem.

CHECK THE SUPPLY:

Supply Valves have to be operational and free from rust or possibly even corrosion. If these do become blocked, you may see a decrease in water available in your own home.

IS THE WATER HEATER VENTED PROPERLY?

Water heater venting needs to be in good condition and attached securely, with no blockage occurring. Blockage could cause improper operation and a decrease in efficiency. If your water heater is not vented properly, there could be a risk of carbon monoxide entering your home.

A home appliance that everyone relies on daily does need regular maintenance checks, just like the vehicle you drive!

For more questions about Water Heaters or any other plumbing and heating questions contact Mike’s at 410-665-6453.