A failing water heater doesn’t seem like a huge deal until you end up taking an ice-cold shower. Many homeowners don’t notice the worsening condition of their water heaters until it’s too late and cold water starts coming out of faucets. The water heater is continually working round the clock, every day all through the year.

With the increased amount of stress it has to support, it’s no surprise that it is bound to give up at some point. But when only cold water starts coming out of your showers or taps, does the problem hit you in the literal sense. 

To avoid reaching the above stage, you need to be aware of the warning flags to help you know if your electric water heater needs servicing or repair. Once you understand why you’re running out of hot water so soon, calling a trusted plumbing expert is your best and safest option.

Irregular/Fluctuation in Water Temperature

If there is an issue with the water heater, you will notice a fluctuation or inconsistency in the water temperature. The water temperature will continue changing even if you haven’t made any changes to it. If your hot water seems to run hot and cold randomly despite what you tell it to do. In that case, there may be sediment buildup or accumulation of mineral deposits around the water heating components of the water tank.

Call a water heater repair expert in Albuquerque as soon as you notice frequent fluctuations in the water temperature.

Reduced Hot Water Pressure

Mineral deposits or sediment buildup can cause additional harm to your water heater by reducing the pressure of hot water. The accumulation in the heating components of the water heater can wind up blocking pipes. The sediment buildup further reduces the pressure of the water coming from the water heater. Moreover, a traditional water heater also leads to reduced water pressure. Call a professional plumber to check up on your water heater.

Consistently Cold Water

Did you know that your water heater contains a thermostat that manages how hot your water gets? You may ask yourself this question, “why is my water getting cold frequently?”

 If you’re not getting any hot water by any chance, then your thermostat may be malfunctioning or set poorly! Most water heaters have a reset button. Troubleshooting or resetting your thermostat is as easy as clicking a button. Readjust the heat you want, then try resetting the thermostat again. If that still doesn’t do the job, give your neighborhood plumber a call.

Cloudy or Discolored Water with an Unpleasant Smell

Needless to say but the only water that comes out of your tap should be colorless. Sometimes, you might get cloudy water from your shower or faucets, which has a strange odor as well. If you notice that the water coming out of your taps is rusty, brownish, or has some tiny dark particles, your water heater is to blame.

The discoloration in water texture and smell is mainly because of the mineral deposits or sediment buildup in the water heater. The water problems are a sign for you to call a plumber and prevent any further damage to your water heater.  

Moreover, cloudy water with a strange odor could signify a bacterial infection developing within the water tank, leading to a severe health hazard in your home. Ask a qualified water heater repair professional to come to inspect your hot water tank immediately.

Hot Water Leakage

Suppose you see water pooling around the tank or the pipes leading to the water heater. In that case, there is an immediate problem at hand for you. Leaks don’t usually stop on their own.  

When a leak occurs, it can also damage other elements within the water heater. If neglected, they can lead to significant property damage as well. 

It can even create a mold around the walls. However, leaks are easily detected and can be quickly taken care of by replacing the damaged component. Annual maintenance on traditional tank water heaters is necessary, including draining them thoroughly to remove the sediment buildup. This process is known as “flushing.”

Funny/ Odd noises Coming from the water heater

 A slight noise coming from the water heater isn’t problematic. However, suppose this noise or sound gets more prevalent with time and becomes louder. In that case, it can signify a broken water heater or a tank that needs repairs. Strange Sounds from the tank are never a good sign as healthy water heaters work as quietly as possible. 

It’s pretty standard if your water heater makes a little noise. But suppose the noise becomes loud banging, rumbling, or cracking sounds. In that case, your water heater is not operating correctly, and you have a good reason to raise concerns.

Many times the noises are caused due to unchecked mineral buildup, accumulation of sediment pile-up, or reduced water flow. When you notice a noise, shut the water heater and call for professional help. Another reason could be that the water heater has a broken dip tube causing cold and hot water to mix and create odd sounds.

Too much noise may also weaken the fabrications of your water heater, causing it to become brittle and start leaking. It means that you’ll have to buy a new water heater or upgrade to a tankless water heater.

Perks of switching to a tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water only when required, decreasing wasted heat and energy. If you’re looking to switch your old water heater for an electric tankless one, here’s what to know. A tankless model can be a valuable and worthwhile upgrade. The tankless water heater lasts longer, uses minimum energy, offers endless hot water, and can reduce utility bills. 

Standard tanks keep about 30-50 gallons of water ready to go at all times. In contrast, tankless units only heat water that you are using at any given time. It is a natural gas-powered heating mechanism, taking around a day or two to install, depending on the tie-in locations for gas and the main water lines at your house.

A downside to tankless water heaters is that they often cost double the price of a standard water tank. Plus, they still require annual maintenance. Nevertheless, they do last twice as long, for about 20 years and more.

Call Courtesy Plumbing for Water Heater Maintenance.

Water is the most commonly utilized resource in every household. The water heater at your Albuquerque home requires to be at a degree of warmth to ensure the comfort of each family member.

A peak condition water heater not only reduces the maintenance and repair charges but also serves as an energy saver.

Choose Courtesy Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for commercial and residential water heater repair in Albuquerque, NM, and surrounding areas. Our team is ready to help! We have over 40 years of experience as a mechanical contractor. We aim to deliver a prompt and personalized service for a variety of mechanical needs. 

Call us at 505-830-9099 or write to us with your plumbing issue.