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Signs Of A Bad Water Heater & A Simple Solution For A Leak

You may not worry about your water heater, which is understandable since they do last for a while. But catching an issue before it becomes a big one can save you money. The following are a few signs that may reveal it is time to call your boiler specialist. And, you will also learn a few simple fixes for a water heater leak.

Signs Your Water Heater Has a Problem

The following are a few signs to look for:

  1. Hot water loss: The problem could be that your heater has no power or the pilot light is off (gas heaters only). But the problem could also indicate a faulty thermostat or heating element. 
  2. Rust-colored water: This is usually related to a sediment buildup.
  3. Rotten egg odor: The problem is usually related to sediment buildup as well, except that the bacteria collecting in the sediment have also grown. Bacteria will create sulfur, which can be very smelly.
  4. Rumbling or popping sounds: This usually indicates that your water heater has too much mineral buildup. Remember that mineral buildup means that you'll have hard water. Hard water may damage things like your water heater, pipes and even discolor your clothes. 
  5. Water leaks: There could be tank deterioration or too much pressure in your tank. Leaks could also indicate an issue with your water temperature and pressure valve. 

Be sure to talk to your boiler specialist, like those at StateWide Mechanical II Inc., if you notice any of the aforementioned issues. But you should also be prepared for a common water heater problem.

Fixing A Leak

Before you call your boiler specialist, find out if you can fix the boiler leak on your own. There are different types of leaks; some can only be taken care of by a professional and others can be taken care of by you. To find out if you have this type of leak, just find the water temperature and pressure valve. This valve is usually sitting on top or near the top of your water heater. Check the valve to see if it has any leaks; if it does, consider the following tips: 

  • Your problem may be that the temperature is too hot; set it to 120 degrees or medium. 
  • You can buy a regular brass garden hose end cap if the aforementioned tip did not help. You can buy this at your local hardware store. Just use your wrench to tightly screw it to your valve.
  • If that did not fix the leak, you will need to call your boiler specialist.

Now you know a little more about your water heater. Hopefully you can find problems before they become costly repairs.