If your water heater goes on the fritz, you're going to be looking at some cold showers if you can't get the repair technician out there quickly enough. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to identify problems with your water heater, especially since it's tucked away in a cabinet. If you're worried about your water heater, it's time to start paying close attention to the way it's acting. It might be trying to warn you about an impending problem. Here are three signs that your water heater needs some maintenance.
Low Water Pressure
If you've noticed a problem with your hot water pressure, there might be an issue with your water heater. This is particularly true if your cold water still has good pressure. If your hot water is trickling out of the faucet, it's time to have your water heater inspected. There could be a pressure leak inside the tank, or a blockage in the pipes. Calcium, and other minerals can build up inside the tank, especially if you have hard water in your home. Over time, the minerals can form a blockage in the pipes, which can interfere with the the pressure.
Pilot Light Won't Stay Lit
If the pilot light keeps going out on your water heater, you could be looking at a couple of problems. First, check the area around your water heater. Are there any windows or doors in the area? If there are, make sure they're not creating a draft near your pilot light compartment. Drafty conditions can cause your pilot light to blow out. If drafty conditions aren't to blame, you'll need to have your water heater serviced. You could have a buildup of soot in your pilot light housing, or the thermocouple could be damaged. Either problem will require professional assistance as soon as possible.
Rust Deposits Around the Base
Look at the base of your water heater. If you see rust buildup around the base, your water heater may be nearing the end of its life expectancy. Rust and corrosion can undermine the stability of your water heater and leave it susceptible to leaks. If the rust is severe enough, your water heater tank could burst under the pressure. If you have rust on the base of your water heater, you need to have it looked at. It might be time for a new water heater.
Don't take chances with your water heater. If you notice any of the problems described above, contact a plumber like those at Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc. and schedule a service call.