Your water heater will give you some subtle signs that it needs attention. If you ignore the signs, the problems can get worse until you have an expensive and messy problem. Here are some of the ways that your water heater tells you it needs some maintenance to continue working effectively for you.
Sediment in the Water
If you leave a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for several hours and notice a thin layer of brown sediment on the bottom, it's time for a water heater flush. Minerals from your water have collected in the water heater tank and come out in your drinking water. If these minerals are allowed to stay in the water heater, you'll have more problems in the future. A water heater repair company (such as Ellsworth Plumbing & Heating Co) can easily flush out the tank and remove any buildup of minerals.
Foul Smell in the Water
If the water has an unpleasant sulphur smell to it, this is also a sign of mineral buildup in the tank. Flushing the tank will get rid of the minerals and the smell.
Rust in the Water
If you notice a reddish brown color to the water for a few seconds after you turn it on, you have rust developing in the water tank. This is due to the buildup of minerals. They attack the steel walls of the water tank and create rust. The water heater service can flush the tank and look inside to see the extent of the rust. They will be able to tell you if the tank has some life left in it or if it's time to replace the water heater before it rusts all the way through.
Clunking Sounds Coming From the Water Heater
If you hear banging against the sides of the water heater when you turn on one of the hot water faucets in your house, your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You're hearing large pieces of mineral deposits that have broken off and knocking against the steel tank. This is the sign of extensive deposits which likely have begun to rust through the walls of the tank. Flushing the tank may give you a littler more time, but you should be planning on replacing this water heater soon.
Leaks on the Floor Under the Water Heater
This is a sign to replace the water heater right away. The steel tank has rusted and has allowed water to leak outside of it. If not addressed quickly, the tank can rupture, leaving you with hot, dirty water all over the room to clean up.