Is Your Water Heater Tank in Trouble? A Raleigh Plumber’s Guide

January 21, 2013

While you may not realize it, you probably use your water heater every single day. When you wash dishes, take a shower, do laundry—your water heater works hard to deliver fresh, hot water to your home. When something starts to go wrong with your water heater, it can be pretty frustrating. At JD Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing comprehensive water heater repair and water heater installation in Raleigh for many years. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the most common problems for water heater tanks. If you’re having any issues with your water heater, call us today.

Rust Colored Water in Raleigh

If your hot water has gradually or suddenly turned brown or rust-colored, it likely means that your water tank has rusted. There are a couple of reasons why that might have happened.

  • Anode rod – Your water heater tank is made out of metal. Inside of your tank is an anode rod that helps protect if from breaking down over time.. Also called a “sacrificial rod”, it hangs inside your water heater and absorbs the small electrical currents that would otherwise quickly rust the inside of your water heater. However, eventually this rod gets entirely consumed by the rust and stops protecting your water heater. When this happens, it is almost always necessary to replace your water heater.
  • Age – Over time, your water will start to rust and need to be replaced. An added benefit of a new water heater is that will probably be more efficient and use less energy than your older model.

Water Leaks

If you start to notice small puddles of water under your water heater, it could be signs of serious trouble. It could indicate that your water heater is rusted. It could also mean that the pressure inside your water tank is too high.

Not Enough Hot Water in Raleigh

Sometimes this just means that your water heater isn’t big enough to accommodate the demand of your house. However, it could also mean that there is sediment build up at the bottom of your water heater which is preventing the heat from actually getting to the water.

If you’re having any issues with your water heater, call the Raleigh plumbers at JD Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.