Your water heater ensures that you can wash dishes, take showers, and keep your clothes clean. However, older units can start to break down and cause problems. Plus, they’re not as energy-efficient as newer models. Watch for these red flags that suggest you might need a new water heater for your Kenner, Louisiana, home.
Hot Water Runs Out Quickly
You’re in the middle of your morning shower when the pleasantly warm water suddenly turns icy cold. It’s an unpleasant experience — and one that indicates a failing water heater. Your water heater’s tank slowly builds up mineral deposits along the bottom and sides. As the deposits thicken, they prevent the burners from warming up the water inside the tank.
Alternatively, your water heater’s burner might start to fail. In this case, one of our technicians can inspect the unit to determine whether it needs repair or replacement.
Water Discoloration or Odor
If your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan, you might notice an unpleasant odor in your water or see mild to severe discoloration. A reddish or brownish tint to the water, for instance, indicates rust, while a rotten-egg smell could suggest high levels of bacterial activity.
Open the cold tap on your kitchen sink’s faucet. If the cold water produces the same smell or discoloration, the problem probably doesn’t lie with your water heater. However, if you get clear, fresh water from the cold tap, then the water heater is probably to blame.
If your water heater makes a grumbling or groaning sound, it might have reached the end of its lifespan. Noises often trace back to the aforementioned deposits on the inside of the tank. The buildup will prevent the appliance from producing hot water, so you might need to get it replaced.
Since you depend heavily on your water heater, don’t ignore these warning signs. Our technicians can inspect your appliance and recommend the best way to handle the problem. Call Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071 to schedule an appointment for your water heater.
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