How to Avoid Cold Showers This Winter

Warning Signs the Water Heater is Failing

Nobody wants their water heater to break down in the dead of winter, leaving them stuck taking cold showers until it’s fixed. However, there are warning signs homeowners should watch out for so they can call a professional for repair. Some problems a water heater may encounter are discussed below, along with signs to tell if it’s necessary to repair or replace the water heater.

Issues With the Water Heater’s Temperature

shower Most homeowners initially want to raise the temperature of their water heater if it takes longer for the shower to warm up. However, they might want to consider alternative options and whether the issue with their hot water isn’t related to the weather outdoors before taking action.

Colder weather causes lower air and groundwater temperatures, making it more difficult to get warm water in the shower. The water heater must work harder to reach the proper temperature because the water is colder when it first enters the system. More cold water enters as the cycle continues, cooling things down once more. Older heaters could struggle to maintain this cycle. Sediment buildup may also be an issue with water heaters struggling to maintain warm temperatures. It may be necessary to have the water heater inspected by a professional if the house runs out of hot water too quickly or the water never gets warm enough. 

Connection Issues and Leaks

leaksThe following are some of the main reasons for water heater leaks:

  • Broken drain valves: These will result in water leaks from the bottom of the tank. Professionals can quickly rectify this by changing the damaged drain valve.
  • Corrosion: An accumulation of sediment can result in cracks, perforations, and corrosion in the tank. When too much corrosion occurs, a new water heater may be needed.
  • Water lines with loose connections: The inlet or outlet water pipes may become slack due to normal wear and tear. The loose, worn water lines can be tightened or replaced to solve this issue.
  • Broken temperature/pressure valves: These valves monitor and control the temperature and pressure inside water heaters, as their name implies. When they crack, a water heater tank’s sides may start to leak water.

Water heater leaks can, of course, be caused by various other factors, and occasionally they are the consequence of several individual problems. Contacting a professional is the best approach to figuring out what’s causing the water heater to leak and getting the best solution.

Time and Use

A water heater with a lot of wear and tear is a sign that the water heater is old. It might be worth checking the water heater’s interior for damage, even though it may not be compromised. If the water heater is more than ten years old or requires frequent repairs, replacing it may be the best course of action.

With age, corrosion can occur in the tank. The only option in that situation may be to replace the tank as soon as feasible. Once too much corrosion is present, there is no way to save the water heater. If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a local professional before their water heater sustains additional damage.

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