It can be easy to overlook your water heater when it is functioning just as it should. You’re so used to using hot water reliably in your home, no doubt, that you have no reason to give it all that much thought provided that it is there when you need it. Typically, it is when something goes wrong with our water heater in Marana, AZ, that we realize just how vital its performance really is in our day to day lives. Ideally, you’d never run into water heater problems.
The reality of the world we do live in, however, is that water heaters are mechanical systems. That means that they will—not might, but will—encounter operational problems from time to time. When that happens, you definitely want to deal with any such problems as quickly and promptly as possible. That’s why we’ve got some tips to help you recognize signs of trouble early on. Keep them in mind, and let us know what concerns you have with your system.
Some Problems Are Pretty Obvious
Okay, let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. You don’t have hot water, or at least your hot water just is not hot enough. Remember that things are not always as clear cut as they seem, though. Most problems that you’ll encounter with any system in your home could be the result of a variety of causes. This is no different.
If you don’t have hot water in your home, for example, it’s definitely possible that your water heater is in need of repair. However, it is also possible that you’ve used so much hot water all at once that you’ve run your reservoir dry and your tank water heater needs to recover. And, if you use a tankless water heater, you might be using multiple outlets all at once that are proving to be too much of a strain on the system. It’s even possible that your water heater’s thermostat is just set too low!
Some Problems Don’t Seem Like an Immediate Concern
But they start to feel like one before long. Here’s a tip—be careful when shrugging off mysterious puddles in your home. We know it’s easy to say that you must have allowed some wet laundry to drip on the ground or something like that, but think twice if it’s in the vicinity of the water heater. A water heater that springs a leak in its tank will need to be replaced, while a leaking supply line can typically be repaired easily.
If the water heater is leaking hot water, then you’re wasting money both on water that you’re not using as well as the energy that you used to heat that water. We think you probably have better uses for that money, so let us know if you suspect a leak in your water heater or its piping. Remember, look out for rust on the exterior surfaces of the system, too!