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Ah, that wondrous appliance – your storage tank type water heater. Sturdy and dependable, it does its job day in and day out. Until one day it doesn’t.

Maybe the problem just happens, or maybe there are warning signs indicating the need for intervention, such as hot water that more and more doesn’t look or smell quite right.

While some water heater problems are easy to spot and inexpensive to fix, others might mean a replacement unit is in order. To help prevent or delay a total shut down, here are problem symptoms to look for in your home:

  • blogIf the temperature of your hot water appears to be dropping of the water pressure slackening, you might have a broken or faulty dip tube. Dip tubes serve to separate incoming cold water from heated hot water. Over time, they can break or crumble, and the result is tepid vs. hot water. Dip tubes can be easily replaced.
  • Another cause of hot water turned cold is a broken thermostat. Another pretty simple fix.
  • If you notice water leaking or pooling up around the base of your storage tank, call a professional right away. Large or small, leaks are never good, and indicate that internal corrosion has occurred.
  • While you’re investigating leaks, look for signs of rust and corrosion, too. Tank style water heaters are meant to last only about 10-15 years. If yours is showing its age in this or some other way, it’s time to think about replacing it.
  • Banging, clanking, or the sound of boiling water all point to a build-up of sediment at the bottom of the tank. Excessive build-up will decrease the storage capacity of the tank, and can affect the taste and safety of your water.

Some people wait until the bitter end before replacing their water heater, while others prefer not to defy the odds and be proactive in their decision to replace vs. wait for repair problems to present themselves. So whatever you might need – system maintenance, repair, or replacement – you can count on CT Mechanical Solutions for thoroughly reliable results.