There are warning signs for most things in life.

Let’s say you’re driving along in your car and the “check engine” light comes on. That’s your car’s not-so-subtle way of telling you something requires your attention. Yet, not all warning signs are that cut and dry.

Take your water heater, for example. Sure, a sudden lack of hot water will certainly clue you in that something is amiss, but there are other, more subtle ways your water heater may be trying to tell you something. You just need to know what to watch and listen for, including the following:

Strange Noises

Strange noises coming from your water heater could be a sign that the unit is beginning to fail. Overtime, sediment can build up on the bottom of the tank and cause popping, banging, or rumbling. If not tended to, it can cause the unit to overheat and eventually fail.

Inconsistent Water Temperature

If the water temperature from your hot water heater is not as consistent as it used to be, or noticeably lower than it once was, it could be a sign that the unit is beginning to fail.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure from your hot water faucets but normal water pressure from your cold water faucets can also be due to sediment build-up in the bottom of the tank.

Discolored or Rusty Water

Discolored or rusty water often means that the anode rod can no longer protect the interior of the tank from corrosion and needs to be replaced. Otherwise it can cause the inside of the tank to rust.

Unpleasant Odor

Your water should be crystal clear and refreshing. But it you notice an unpleasant odor or taste, it may be caused by bacteria growing in the tank. You can usually get rid of bacteria by draining the tank, but f the problem persists, you may need to replace your water heater.

Not Enough Hot Water

If you find yourself running out of hot water more quickly than usual, it could mean your water heater is on its last legs or that it can no longer support the hot water needs of your household. As a water heater ages, it loses its ability to heat water properly, resulting in less hot water overall.

Water Heater Leaks

Water heaters are built to be airtight; a leaking water heater is a sure fire sign that it’s time for replacement. If you notice puddling near the base of the water heater, turn it off immediately and contact Zach’s Heating & Cooling.

More Frequent Repairs

If you find yourself making more frequent water heater repairs, it may be more cost-effective to replace the unit. Plus, upgrading to a new, energy-efficient model will save you money on utility costs in the long run.

Higher Energy Bills

As a water heater ages, its energy-efficiency is reduced, leading to an increase in operating costs. Over time, sediment settles on the bottom of the tank, making it more difficult for heat to transfer evenly throughout the tank.

Here at Zach Heating & Cooling, we figure out the root cause of your water heater issues, and recommend the right solution so you and your family can once again enjoy all the hot water you need. Contact us today to request service.