Water heaters are sturdy systems, but even they can develop problems over time. Similar to other home systems, it can be difficult to identify problems with your water heater before they’ve had the chance to damage the system. If you know what to look for, though, you might be able to catch issues early enough to mitigate most of the damage. Read on to find out when to call for repairs for your water heater.
Random Temperature Fluctuations
The standard tank water heater, which most of the country uses, includes a part called the dip tube. This tube extends from the water line down to the bottom of the tank. Any new water flowing into the tank is released near the bottom, where it will warm up the fastest and won’t lower the temperature of the water leaving the tank. If the dip tube cracks or breaks, it will allow cold water to mix with the hot water leaving the tank. This will cause sudden blasts of cold water when using hot water in your home.
You should give your water heater a cursory check every month or two, to see if there is any water dripping from it. Leaks can occur in all sorts of parts of the water heater, and for different reasons. Regardless, though, you should be sure to call for repairs as soon as you notice even a small leak in your system. Depending on the location, a leak can quickly grow large enough to cause a rupture. This can cause widespread water damage to the surrounding area, especially if it’s the storage tank that ends up rupturing. The quicker you have the leak repaired, the better off your system will be.