Water Heater Problems
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19 Jan Water Heater Problems

When you first moved into your home you checked everything to make sure it was in good working order. When’s the last time you checked your water heater since then? If you are like the majority of people that we talk to, you haven’t even thought about your water heater in the last couple of years. It’s delivering hot water, doing its job and you’re taking it for granted. This could be a huge mistake. Water heaters will continue to work up until the point they fail, and when they fail it can be catastrophic.

Your water heater could be sending you little signs that it isn’t okay. Some of them include rust colored water, a rotten egg smell to your hot water, low hot water pressure, a leak around the base or relief valve or it could be making some strange sounds when it is working.

Discolored Water

Rust or discolored colored water is a sign that your sacrificial anode has failed and that you need a new one. The anode is responsible for keeping the steel case of your water heater from rusting. Rust colored water indicates that your water heater is rusting out and will fail in a short time if the anode is not replaced.

Rotten Egg Smell

Smelly water, a rotten egg smell to be precise, is the sign that there is a bacterial build up in the sediment at the base of your tank. This can be treated with a full system flush and a hydrogen peroxide treatment from a licensed plumber. Some plumbers will use a bleach treatment if the peroxide treatment fails to remedy the situation.

Poor Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be a sign of problems with sediment clogging up the faucet stem or aerator, a supply line filled with scale or even a clogged dip tube. There are so many possible causes for low water pressure that it is best that you have a professional diagnose and repair the issue.


A leak from the water heater is a sign that there is rusting going on in the tank. If you have a leak from the base of the tank it is time to replace it before the entire bottom falls out.

Strange Sounds

A strange sound coming from your tank is another sign of sediment or scale build up around the heating elements. The scale superheats and causes water to boil when it comes in contact with the scale. This is a serious problem that can lead to uneven water heating and potential heating element failure.

If your water heater is showing any of these signs, it is time to have your water heater checked by a professional.

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