What’s the one thing you absolutely can’t go without inside
your home? If you’re like many Nashville area residents, you may have answered,
“my HVAC system” or “My TV!”
These are reasonable answers. But The Maynard Man would like
you to consider one particular unsung hero to your household—the water heater.
Think about all the work this system goes through. It’s
constantly running, 24/7, 365 days a year. It allows you to clean, do laundry,
and take long showers with nothing but comfort.
Yet, far too many people take this for granted—until
something goes wrong.
The Maynard Man understands these water heater woes, and is
here to help when something goes wrong! But how do you know if something is
amiss with your water heater? Read on to find out!
There’s been a Drop in Hot Water Volume
Are members of your household complaining about their
showers going cold? Or maybe your laundry isn’t getting as clean in the washing
machine? If these are new occurrences, and neither of these used to be
problems, it’s a sign that your water heater is likely losing power and
This is actually one of the most common signs that a water h
eater is in disrepair. Give us a call if you’ve discovered this issue!
You See Discoloration in the Water
Have you tuned on a hot water tap to discover a rusty,
brownish tinge to the water? This can mean one of two things—there is either
too much sediment inside your hot water tank and it needs to be flushed, or the
system has begun to corrode and rust from the inside.
You Hear an Ominous Rumbling from the Tank
This sound can be alarming! Is your water heater tank about
No, this isn’t likely.
However, that doesn’t mean this is a noise you can just
brush off and ignore. It’s probably the sign that there’s been an increase in
water pressure within the tank. Alternatively, we could be looking at sediment
buildup, a broken expansion tank, or cold and hot water mixing at the top of
the tank due to a broken dip tube. Whatever the issue, we can resolve it.
You’ve Noticed Water Pooling Near the System
Pooling water is never
something you want to see at the base of your water heater. The only place
it’s ever “okay” to see water dripping form is the pressure relief valve. If
you see water exiting your system from any other point, it’s a potentially
serious issue that can lead to extensive tank damage and flooding.
Your Water Heater Tank is Corroding
If you see corrosion on the outside of your water heater
tank, there is corrosion on the inside. We hate to be the ones to break it to
you, but once your tank starts corroding, it’s time to replace the system. You
can definitely fend off corrosion for as long as possible by staying on top of
your maintenance sessions.
Annual water heater maintenance gives our team the opportunity to inspect your system and replace important components when they need to be swapped out. This includes the anode rod, with the purpose of absorbing rust and corrosion so your water heater doesn’t have to!