When your water heater is working right, it is easy to forget about it. A few issues can develop with a water heater, however, and it is important to know what to do should one of those issues arise.
Common Issue #1: Discolored Water
The water that comes out of your faucets should always be clear. If you notice that the water coming out of your faucets is discolored throughout your home — and not just at one location — your water heater is more than likely the culprit.
When the anode rod fails in your water heater, it can cause your water to look rust-colored. A technician can easily replace the anode rod in your heater, which should clear up your water.
If your tank is corroded and the corrosion is extensive, you will need to replace your tank.
Common Issue #2: Strange Noises
If your water heater is located somewhere where you pass it, such as inside a hall closet, and you start to notice a strange sound coming from your water heater, don't worry. A strange sound is generally caused by sediment building up inside of your tank. This can easily be fixed by flushing your water heater.
Flushing your water heater is a relatively simple process. Your water heater should have instructions on how to do it, or you can watch a video online.
Essentially, you will need to turn off the water supply to your heater. You will then need to attach a hose or put a bucket over the drain for your heater. You will need to open the drain line and drain the water out of the bottom of your heater.
This will allow the sediment to flow out of your heater. Then, you close the drain line and turn the water back on for your heater. If you have a gas heater, you will need to turn off the gas and turn it back on as well.
This is also a service that a plumbing company can do for you for a low cost.
Common Issue #3: Leaks
Water should not come out of your water heater. If water is coming out of your water heater, you will want to find where the water is coming from. There is a wide range of small parts that can malfunction and cause your water heater to leak. You could have a stuck valve causing a leak or a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve.
Look and see if anything connected to your water heater is loose, and tighten up any loose bolts on your heater. If that doesn't do the job, call in a professional to fix the leak.
If your water heater has discolored water, you more than likely need to replace the anode rod. If it is making strange noises, you need to drain the sediment from the tank. If your unit is leaking, find and fix the leak. When in doubt about what to do, call a plumber for assistance.
To learn more, contact a water heater repair technician.