Your water heater probably sits in the basement, garage, laundry room or other corner of your Concord, MA home: quietly doing its job without much fuss or trouble. It’s easy to ignore in light of more pressing household problems, or the daily juggling act of jobs, commutes and family time. But when trouble arises with your water heater, it tends to leave signs, which you can spot if you know what to look for. This is important because the sooner you address a growing issue with your water heater, the less arduous and expensive the repairs are likely to be. Here are 3 signs of trouble with your water heater that you should watch for.
1. The Water Isn’t as Hot
If the water coming out of your taps is lukewarm or even cool, you can probably trace the trouble back to your water heater. Alternately, the water may be hot, but it runs out much more quickly than you’re accustomed to. Either way, it spells trouble, and a qualified plumber should take a look at your system.
2. It’s Making Weird Noises
Odd noises in any appliance usually mean that there’s a growing problem, but with water heaters — which are so quiet normally — it means a lot more. Gurgling noises usually mean sediment forming on the bottom of the tank, which groans or hums suggest stress on the walls or other important components. Leaking gas makes a hissing sound, and a dripping noise may mean a leak.
3. The Bills are Higher
Sometimes, it’s simply enough to notice that your monthly water bills or energy bills have undergone a significant spike for no apparent reason, it likely means there’s a faulty component or similar issue somewhere in your system. A good plumber should be able to track it down.
Call Cooling Unlimited today to treat water heater problems of all varieties.