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How To Know It’s Time For Water Heater Maintenance

Water heater maintenance isn’t top of mine for most homeowners until they're stuck showering in cold water. Our water heaters work hard all year long to provide us with hot water for everyday activities like showering and laundry. It is a given that they will eventually experience some sort of issue after working hard 24/7. Continue reading to learn what five signs indicate your water heater is in need of maintenance!

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Irregular Water Temperature

If you begin to notice irregular and inconsistent water temperatures throughout your home, you may want to call an MSP technician to take a closer look. Mineral deposits in the bottom of your water heater are the most common cause of irregular water temperatures. Mineral deposits can accumulate over time, covering your system’s heating elements and causing irregular temperatures as an effect.

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Loss of Hot Water Volume

Your water heater has two heating elements, one at the top and one at the bottom. If you begin to notice your hot showers are turning lukewarm or even cold, then it is a sign that one of your heating elements isn’t working correctly and it’s time to schedule that tune-up with our MSP experts.

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Weird Noises

It is normal for your water heater to make a few noises here and there throughout the year, but if the noises change into loud banging or cracking sounds, you should call a technician ASAP. The main reason your water heater might make this noise is because of the accumulation of mineral deposits at the bottom of your water heater. If you don’t take care of the problem soon, it could potentially weaken the overall structure and cause your heater to leak, costing you more money in the long run.

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Water Discoloration

Water should only be one color and that is clear! If your water begins to take on any other coloring, it is an indication that rust and bacteria are not being eliminated by the built-in anode rod. Typically, you’ll begin to notice a brow or orangish tent in your water. This can be a serious health hazard for you and your family. If the issue isn’t resolved by flushing your tank, you may need to replace your anode rod.

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Leaking Water

Water leaking from the bottom of your tank is an obvious sign that your water heater needs attention and it needs it ASAP! Not only is it dangerous for those living in your home, but it can lead to corrosion of the outer and inner parts of your water heater. Some condensation gathered around the bottom of the unit isn’t a cause for concern depending on the humidity level where you live, but large puddles surrounding your system or active leaking means it’s time to give our MSP team a call today!

If you begin to notice any of these signs, it may be time to have your water heater serviced! Don’t wait until you’re showering in the cold to address the issue! Our MSP team is HERE FOR YOU. Give us a call today at 651-273-6338