Virtually all water heaters eventually require maintenance or repairs, regardless of whether the model is gas or electric. However, untrained individuals should not attempt to make such repairs without assistance. Instead, homeowners should familiarize themselves with the signs of a failing water heater and contact a professional for further advice if they suspect the water heater is malfunctioning. Below are some of the most common signs that a water heater is failing:
There is a broad range of reasons for a malfunctioning water heater, but one of the most common signs that repairs are needed is the presence of a foul odor. Sediment build-up in the unit is typically the cause of such an odor, the latter of which may come and go or be a constant smell in the home.
If the house is connected to a public water source, the water likely contains chlorine from a nearby treatment plant. Nevertheless, the purifying effects of the chlorine may be hindered by sediment build-up. Therefore, if one detects such an odor, he or she should immediately contact a professional who can check for leaks or flush the heater’s tank to eliminate sediment.