Three Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing

Hot water heater failing, technician performing maintenance

How often do you run maintenance on your hot water heater? If you’re like many, it’s probably not something you give much thought to—until your showers start to run a bit cold. But there could be some key signs—besides a lack of hot water—that let you know that your hot water heater might be on it’s last leg.

1. Cloudy or Murky Water

You turn on the water just like any other time but you notice the water has an unusual, murky color. This is caused by mineral build up. The culprit? More than likely it’s your tank’s anode rod. Typically the anode rod needs to be replace a few times over the life of you tank. If it’s not, it can begin to break down and rust. Once you start seeing cloudy water, you can be almost certain your tank is beginning to corrode. As with your HVAC, maintenance is crucial to prevent unexpected, costly repairs—or even the need to replace the unit all together. Our NATE-certified technicians can help you ensure your hot water tank is running at peak performance and you can avoid murky water.

2. Unpleasant Odor

Have you ever noticed an odd, unpleasant odor when you turn on the hot water? This is another sign that your hot water tank is failing. Much like the murky water, unpleasant odor is caused by mineral buildup—and you guessed it, the anode rod. If your water has a metallic smell and/or taste, your system is likely leaching metal into your water supply. If you notice the smell of rotten egg or sulfur, the anode rod is more than likely having an adverse reaction to bacteria in the water. The Air Hawk team can help you clean your tank and let you know what options you have moving forward.

3. Leaking Tank

Have you notice a damp spot or more obviously, a puddle on the floor near your water heater? A leaking water heater is the result of a lack of maintenance, sediment buildup, or simply age. Regardless of the reason, it is a clear sign that your hot water heater is failing. If you notice leaking around the seams of the tank, it’s a sign that you need to replace your water heater. If there’s dripping around the pressure valve, contact the Air Hawk team immediately as this is a sign of dangerous pressure levels.

While most people don’t really give their hot water heater much thought until they run out of hot water, we recommend adding it to your HVAC maintenance schedule. This can help alert you to potential issues before they get too far along and it can help prolong the life of your hot water heater. If you notice any of the signs above—and you’ve experienced a lack of hot water—request an appointment with an Air Hawk technician. We will determine if we can repair your hot water heater or if it’s simply time to replace it. Don’t be left without hot water, start your maintenance routine today.

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