With cold weather here to stay and winter almost upon us in Baltimore, it’s more important than ever to have a hot water heater that you can rely on. Whether it’s for dishes, laundry, or a nice, steamy shower at the end of the day, you need a working hot water heater to go about your daily life. Most water heaters last about 10-15 years, and the last thing you want is yours going bust in the middle of winter. If the internal parts become corroded or surrounded by debris water heater efficiency begins to decline. Regular flushing can mitigate this but sooner or later your water heater will need to be replace. Farnen & Dermer, your Baltimore plumbers, are here with signs that you need a new water heater.
- If you aren’t getting any hot water, make sure your water heater is receiving power. Obviously, not getting any hot water is a strong sign of a water heater failure, but it could just as easily mean that a circuit breaker has been tripped, or that the pilot light went out.
- Pay close attention to your tap water from the hot faucet. If the water looks rusty when hot but not when it’s coming from the cold faucet, your water heater’s internal mechanisms are probably corroded and your heater will fail shortly.
- When examining your water tank, check for increased levels of sediment or muddiness in the water. Drain your tank by attaching a hose to the drainage bib, after turning the tank off of course, to get a closer look. Dirty water in the tank is another sign of imminent failure.
- If your tap water has a metallic taste or odor it could indicate internal water heater corrosion.
- Listen to your heater closely. While a water heater does make noise when functioning normally, unusually loud cracking or popping noises mean that the heating element inside the water heater is coming into contact with mineral or rust deposits.
- If you notice water leaking around your heater immediately shut down your unit, disconnect the electricity/ turn off the gas and allow the water to cool. Leaking water is a sure sign of a catastrophic water heater failure.
Worried about your Water Heater?
Call Farnen & Dermer. We’re more than happy to talk to you and help figure out if your heater needs repairs or a total replacement, as well as provide any additional plumbing, heating, or HVAC information and service. Farnen & Dermer is located in Baltimore, and we provide service, repair, and maintenance to customers throughout the state. The services we provide will not only ensure your water heater operates at peak efficiency; they will also keep your family warm during the winter, and your utility bills manageable. If you have any questions about water heaters or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.