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Five Signs Your Water Heater May be Failing

You can schedule a water heater repair before it’s too late.

water heater service tolland county, ct A lot of water heater deterioration happens inside the tank, meaning you can’t see it with the naked eye. In fact, many of our customers in Tolland, Hartford and Windham County only realize their hot water system is failing when they start losing hot water.

Lack of hot water is not the only sign of water heater problems. Others are less obvious, but if you know what to look for, you can avoid having your water heater fail on you, leaving you without a hot shower or a working dishwasher. Pay attention to the following signs.

1. Inconsistent hot water

If your water turns lukewarm halfway through your shower, this may be a sign that your water heater is on its last legs. When it takes the heater a long time to warm up the water from your taps, there may be an electrical problem or sediment build-up, which are early indicators of a failing appliance.

2. Discolored or rusty water

No one wants to see dirty water coming out of their sinks or showerheads. This can be a sign that your anode rod (a metal rod that runs down the center of your tank) is beginning to fail. The anode rod is responsible for protecting the interior of the tank from corrosion. After this rod deteriorates completely, it’s only a matter of time before the tank itself begins to rust.

3. Leaking tank

If your water heater is leaking, turn it off immediately and call Homestead Comfort. Water heaters are designed to be airtight, so any leaking is a sign that something has gone wrong. Leaking water heaters can cause significant damage to your home, and taking action quickly is vital. Be sure to check regularly for leaks.

4. Strange noises

Is your water heater popping or banging? These noises are usually caused by sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank. As the sediment accumulates, the water heater uses more energy to do its job, making it less efficient and causing the tank to eventually fail.

5. The age of your equipment

The average water heater lasts around 10 years before needing to be replaced. We recommend using a water softener and scheduling annual maintenance to help extend its life. If necessary, we can test the quality of your water to see if it’s impacting your water heater.

Get in touch with Homestead Comfort before your water heater fails.

It’s crucial to contact us quickly if you suspect there’s an issue with your hot water. We can perform a water heater repair, or it’s possible your system needs standard maintenance.

If your water heater is nearing retirement, we will secure your equipment and install it quickly. And because you got in touch with us promptly, your time without hot water will be minimal.

Our expert technicians and licensed plumbers are ready to help address all your water heater concerns. Contact us today.