Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing installation. Without it, your washing machine and dishwasher would be virtually useless – and imagine having to take an ice-cold shower every day. That means that a breakdown in your water heater is mission critical, especially in the winter. You can forestall emergency, however, by keeping an eye on how your equipment is functioning and performing preemptive maintenance in the event you spot any signs of trouble. Read on for some tips on how to know when your water heater is on the fritz. -
Keep an eye out for these signs that the hot water heater might need a professional tune-up
Look for drips, leaks or accumulated water underneath your hot water heater.
Check out the flame if you use a gas water heater – it should burn mostly blue, not yellow.
Take note if the water in your shower is either too hot or too cold, or doesn't reflect the temperature to which the water heater is set.
Rust coming out of your faucet could be a sign that your heater needs help.
Also keep an eye out for any bending or cracking in the water heater tank, which could be an indication that it's time to buy a replacement.
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