Your water heater is one of the most important installations in your home for comfort and convenience. It provides you with hot showers, fresh clothing, and clean dishes. It’s best to diagnose and address problems with your water heater as quickly as possible. If you catch the issue early, you may be able to avoid the cost and hassle of a total replacement. Watch for these indicators that something is wrong with the water heater in your New Orleans, Louisiana, home.

Your Water is Too Cool

One of the easiest indicators of a problem with your water heater is cool water when you’re expecting it to be hot. If you can’t get any hot water, your system isn’t working at all. Check the circuit breaker to make sure you still have power to your water heater. If this isn’t the problem, you’ll need to contact a professional repair technician to diagnose the issue.

You might also experience an inadequate supply of hot water. Perhaps you can get warm water for a few minutes, but it quickly runs out. This could indicate that one of your heating elements is out. You might also have a buildup of sediment in the bottom of the water heater that’s limiting its capacity.

The Water Heater Makes Noise

Your water heater should operate quietly. If it’s making loud noises, there’s something wrong with the system. The most common noise that you’ll hear is a popping sound. This is caused by bubbles working their way up through a buildup of sediment in the water heater. Regular maintenance can help prevent some of this sediment buildup.

When you have sludge coating the bottom of the water heater, it will work overtime trying to heat the water. As the water heater overheats, it causes the water at the bottom to boil, which creates the noisy bubbles you’re encountering. A repair technician can help clear out the buildup in the bottom of your tank for more efficient operation.

There’s Water Around the Base

You should never see water standing around the bottom of your water heater. This indicates a leak somewhere in the tank or surrounding pipes. Check the gaskets and fittings to make sure they’re secure. Tightening these may resolve the problem if you can clearly see the source of the leak.

If the water is coming from your TPR valve, you should contact a professional immediately. A faulty valve can cause pressure to build up inside the tank. In extreme cases, this pressure can cause your tank to explode. In some cases, a leaky water heater will simply need to be replaced. Speak to a knowledgeable technician to determine whether you can go with a repair or you need to think about a new water heater.

If you’re replacing your water heater, you may want to consider an upgrade to a tankless system. This is easier to maintain and provides an unlimited supply of hot water to the home.

Your Water is Discolored

Discolored water may indicate rust in the water heater. Once your water heater begins to rust, it’s usually a matter of time before it develops a leak. This rusty water can discolor your clothing, sinks, and tubs, and is not safe for drinking. Call a plumber immediately if your water shows signs of discoloration, so you can identify where the problem is coming from.

Your Water Has a Strange Smell

Unusual smells can indicate a buildup of sediment in the water heater. Sediment can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This will typically cause an odor similar to rotten eggs. Any unpleasant smell coming from your water is cause for concern. Call a professional to test the water and identify the problem. Whether it’s your water heater or something else, you should address this issue as quickly as possible. Do not drink your water until the smell is resolved.

If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, give Bryans United Air Conditioning a call today. We can help you identify the problem with your water heater and come up with an efficient plan for restoring hot water to your home.

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