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Common Signs of a Water Heater Problem

Helping Resolve Your Hot Water Issues

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Your water heater does much more for your Hudson Valley home than supply hot showers. It provides the hot water you need to run your dishwasher, clean your clothes and linens, wash your pots and pans in the sink, clean your home and far, far more! It really is the unsung hero of your home.

As with all appliances, water heaters can stop working completely, or even partially. That means identifying the source of your problem with your water heater can be difficult at times. This article will help you diagnose some common problems you may eventually encounter—and how to best address them.

Running out of Hot Water

One of the most common and most obvious signs that your water heater is faulty is a shortage of hot water. If you find yourself running out of hot water in the middle of showering or doing dishes, contact us. Your water heater may be showing its age—a storage tank water heater will last about 10 years on average—and a replacement system may be needed. Our experienced team knows how to handle any situation that might arise in a typical installation job.

Leaking Water Heater

If you notice water leaking from your water heater, do not ignore it! Failure to correct a leaking water heater as soon as possible can cost you thousands of dollars in water damage if your water tank fully gives out. A puddle of water under your tank—or rusty-filled water coming from it—are signs that your water heater could be corroding, or has corroded, from the inside out. Since a rusted tank can’t be repaired, a new water heater tank would absolutely be needed.

Discolored or Smelly Water

If your water has suddenly become yellow or discolored in any way, chances are, you have a problem with your water heater. The same applies to water with a strong odor as neither of these signs are normal unless a water heater is faulty. The most likely causes are bacteria have accumulated in your water tank or the interior anode rod has deteriorated.

Wait, What Is an Anode Rod?

Tank water heaters contain many parts and components, including a long metal anode rod, which extends the life of your water heater by preventing corrosion from building up inside your tank.

Usually made of magnesium or aluminum, the anode rod does its job through a process called electrolysis. The metals in the anode rod attract ions that normally would cause rust in iron and steel. But instead, these ions latch on to the anode rod and as a result, cause it to degrade over time. Without the anode rod, your water heater could rust out in just a few years.

Resolving Problems with Your Water Heater

If your water heater cannot be repaired and you need a new one, Depew Energy can take care of you! We start by helping you choose the right water heater for your home, taking certain factors into consideration, such as the size of your home, how many appliances use hot water, how many bathrooms you have, the size of your family and your hot water needs—as well as your budget parameters.

Depew Energy sells, installs, services and repairs both conventional water heaters with a tank and high-efficiency propane tankless water heaters. And we can help you decide which is best for you!

We also have service plans for your water heater so you can save money on maintenance, parts, and repairs.

Please read more about our available water heater brands and styles, and then contact us if you have questions or would like a FREE estimate on a new water heater!