How Do I Know if I Need My Water Heater Repaired?

By Winters Home Services

Water heaterWhile hot water is necessary all year around, having your water heater stop working in the winter can be an absolute nightmare. It’s best to look for signs of damage so you can make an educated decision whether or not you need your water heater repaired or replaced.

Slow performing water heater: Water heaters that are over 15 years should be replaced. If your unit is making clanging or knocking sounds, it’s time to purchase a new system. If the water heater isn’t producing hot water, you should definitely get a new water heater!

Noisy water heater: A water heater that is constantly creaking, banging or making knocking sounds needs to be looked at. Typically, noise issues are due to sediment that builds up inside the water tank. The debris then contacts the heating element which makes noise and burns the sediment.

Hot water heaters can also be noisy when the heating element burns out. If the tank has been flushed out and the sediment has been removed but you’re still hearing odd noises, you may need to replace the heating element.

Water appears rusty: Your water heater could potentially be rusting on the inside if you notice rusty water and it’s only coming from the hot side piping of your house.

You can test it out to see if your water heater is rusty by draining buckets of hot water from the water heater. If the water is rusty after the third bucket, then it’s most likely an issue with the water heater.

Water surrounds the water heater: You could potentially have a leak in the tank if there’s water surrounding the water heater. Since meta expands when heated, water will drip from the tank.

Contact Winters® Home Services at (617) 977-3101 if you need water heater repair or replacement services. We provide the Greater Boston area with exceptional HVAC services.