There are several signs that may indicate your water heater might be failing:
- A complete or partial loss of hot water supply.
- The unit no longer provides the same temperature or duration of hot water as it had in the past.
- Water buildup in or around the area of your water heater may suggest a leak.
- Water-quality issues, such as rust or sediment visible in your water supply, could indicate the unit may be failing.
- Excessive corrosion in the body of the heater or at its plumbing connections.
- Leakage around plumbing fittings.
- A leak in the body of the water heater. This requires immediate replacement.
- The water heater makes “percolating” noises – indicating there is a lot of sediment or build-up in the bottom of the tank.
Don’t wait until your water heater leaks all over your floor, damaging everything in its path. If you recognize these signs, contact your plumber.