Common Water Heater Warning Signs

When your first hear certain noises from inside your home, you might get a little spooked, grab a flashlight, and start carefully searching the house. Ghosts? Nope. A would-be intruder? No, thank goodness! Your kids wreaking havoc? Well, maybe – but not this time.

During your search, you discover that your water heater is the culprit, but, for the life of you, you can’t explain the cause of the loud knocking or banging.

Just to calm your nerves a bit, here’s what’s really going on and what it probably means.

Water Heater Warning Signs

  1. Age of System. Your storage-tank water heater was designed to last 10 – 12 years, on average. Do you know precisely when yours was installed? If not, check your owner’s manual. Can’t find it? Then jot down the model and serial numbers from the information tag attached to the tank and give us a call. If it’s near or past its average lifespan, why not replace it now before it quits on you?!
  2. Metallic taste and smell. Your hot water should not taste or smell metallic. If it does, it’s a sign the unit is breaking down – the result of grit and flakes from the inner tank combining with water.
  3. Water temperature. Lukewarm water or water that’s too hot could mean the heating element or control has failed. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time to give us a call. A failed control can lead to the tank overheating…an exceptionally dangerous condition that we certainly want to help you avoid.
  4. Strange noises. Banging, knocking, and other odd noises stem from internal mineral deposits. This condition results in wasted energy and higher utility bills, plus a reduction in water heater capacity. So, should your water heater start bumping, don’t wait – call us. Planned maintenance is always better than facing an emergency.
  5. Water damage. If your water heater is not located right next to a floor drain, you could be facing a damaging flood when the unit fails. We’ve seen leaking water heaters do thousands of dollars of damage to finished basement areas…all of which could have been avoided. Some insurance policies cover some of the damage, but why would anyone want to face that risk when it can be avoided? We have several devices we can install that will sense a leak and automatically turn off the water heater to prevent a flooding disaster. Better yet, these devices also can be transferred to replacement heaters when the time comes. Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about flood-prevention devices.

Don’t Ignore Your Water Heater – Contact Pann Home Services and Remodeling Instead!

Whatever the cause might, you don’t want to ignore your water heater warning signs. Because even if you haven’t lost hot water just yet, that day is fast approaching. Instead, contact Pann Home Services for expert diagnosis and optional recommendations on how best to resolve the problem. Whatever option you choose, it will come with a guaranteed price quote.