What’s Up with my Water Heater? Part 2

This is a continuation of our last post, where we talked about a few common scenarios people encounter with their water heaters.

Here are three more scenarios you may experience:

The water coming out of faucets looks and smells weird. What’s going on?

No doubt it is very disconcerting when the water that comes out of your faucet has any tint it. If there is a yellow, red, or brown tint, there may be corrosion inside the water heater tank or your pipes.

If your water smells like eggs, you probably have bacteria within your hot water heater tank. Typically, replacing the anode rod within the tank resolves this.

The last time I checked in my utility closet, it looked like there was some water collected near my hot water heater.

Any time you see water near an appliance, do not delay in calling a professional! These are not things you want to take lightly. Water leaks can be very damaging to homes, so you want to get them checked out immediately.

Some water leaks are caused by a leaking valve or plumbing connection. In these cases, we will need to check all the valves and pipes.

In other cases, it could be the tank. If the leak is coming from the tank, we will need to check for loose elements or tank corrosion. Unfortunately, if the tank is corroded, it will need to be replaced.

My water heater has been making lots of weird sounds lately any time we take a shower or wash clothes.

If the noises are rumbling or popping, it sounds like you are hearing boiling water. Sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank can cause the tank to overheat, thus the boiling water. Call a professional to see if the tank can be drained and cleaned. If it can’t, it may be time for a new tank or a new water heater.

While these scenarios are all very common, they are certainly things you don’t want to be dealing with in the midst of a cold winter. At the first sign of any issues with your water heater call Marines Plumbing for an evaluation!