Water heaters play an important, if underappreciated, role when it comes to keeping your home running properly. Any problems with your water heater can have large ramifications on your comfort and hygiene. Therefore, it's a good idea to be able to rapidly diagnose and treat any problems that may arise with your water heater.
Does Your Hot Water Have A Strange Color?
If the water coming out of your water heater has a strange color, then the inner lining of your heater's tank may have worn down. Corrosion can lead to water that both looks disgusting and could be quite unhealthy to consume. This is particularly dangerous if you have a small child who might unintentionally drink such water when taking a bath.
To correct this, you will want to flush your tank and replace the anode. In conjunction, this should be enough to get your water's color and quality back to normal.
Is Your Water Heater Making Too Much Noise?
If your heater has been making far more noise than normal, then there might be a buildup of unwanted materials in your water heater. Sediment can build up quite easily, but it is actually a lot easier to remove than you might imagine. All you need to do is go out and buy a deliming solution and follow the directions, which will generally consist of mixing it into your tank and flushing it.
Does Your Hot Water Run Out Too Quickly?
If you do have hot water, but that hot water is running out too soon after you take a shower or use hot water in a sink, then your tank might be too small for your needs. Water heaters come in different sizes, with each size allowing you to use a certain amount of hot water. Once that amount has been used up, then you will need to wait for the heater to generate more hot water, which often takes a while.
If this is the case, then you have two options: to get a water heater with a larger tank or to switch to a tankless water heater. Getting a bigger tank is fairly self-explanatory, but tankless heaters are a little more interesting. The idea is that a tankless heater generates a lot of heat and heats up water as fast as you use it. In other words, it doesn't actually hold a reservoir of hot water, instead heating up water as you need it.
If you continue to have issues with your water heater, contact a plumber like those at R Acres Plumbing Company LLC.