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Is Your Home Being Affected By a Faulty Water Heater? Here's How To Know

Effects of a Faulty Water Heater

A water heater is an important part of modern society. It allows homeowners to have hot water in an instant. The convenience of the invention makes it easier for people to take warm showers, have clean clothes, and wash dishes. It allows residents' homes to be cleaner, and it helps reduce germs and bacteria.

Unfortunately, a faulty water heater can have a lot of drawbacks. It can take its toll on a home with or without the homeowner's knowledge. With that being said, cold water is not always the only indicator of water heater issues. There can be several other indicators, as well. Luckily, the information below will lay out the warning signs and help homeowners investigate if there is an issue.

The Noise From A Water Heater

noisy water heaterNot all water heaters are going to be silent. Typically, homeowners will be able to hear them cycle on and off as they heat the water. For the most part, however, that noise fades into the background.

The water heater noise to be concerned about is a rumbling sound. If a water heater is making a loud rumbling noise (or any odd noise for that matter) it is a sign of concern. It typically means there is a build-up of minerals in the tank.

The minerals, also known as hard water scales, can build-up in the unit and cause it to overheat. Thankfully, this can be treated with a water softening system.

Water That Has An Odd Color

Another sure-fire sign of a water heater malfunction is if the water is a strange color. Usually, the water will appear rusty or orange, but it can also appear cloudy, too. If this is the case, the cause for the dirty water is the same as the problem above.

colored water

Mineral build-up in the tank can get to the point that it affects the appearance of the water. The rust or cloudiness homeowners see is small particles from the built-up minerals. This can also be solved with a water softening treatment. Unfortunately, though, if the issue gets too bad, it can require a new hot water tank to be installed.

Metallic Tasting Water

metallic waterThe best clue homeowners can look out for is a metallic or “off” taste in the water. Again, this is due to hard water. The natural minerals in the water are more concentrated in some areas than in others. When this happens, the water is considered “hard”.

When the water is “hard” it can have a funny metallic taste to it, along with a funny color and an odd odor. This happens when the minerals are more concentrated in the unit. They congregate inside the water heater tank, so when the hot water is pushed to the faucet, it carries the minerals along with it.

Besides the problems already mentioned, the mineral build-up can cause the water heater to overheat, have low water pressure, and seize altogether. After some time, the hard water will build-up to the point that a new system is needed. The best way to combat this issue is to have a water softening system put into place. It can easily be installed on your existing water heating system.

Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repair, Inc

Chris Wilson Plumbing have been the go-to for water heater repairs in Seaside, CA for over 35 years. They also provide quality service and repairs on heating systems, plus they offer after-hours service at no extra cost. Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating is a family-owned business that gives residents comfort and peace of mind.