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Is Your Water Heater in Need of Repair?

Living in San Diego, there are a few things you can rely on pretty regularly—mild temperatures, sunshiny days, and appliances that work flawlessly. Wait, what about that last one?

Okay, so that’s only true if you have your appliances maintained on a regular basis.

One of these appliances that require regular attention to keep it from breaking down prematurely is the water heater. Have you ever considered how much work your water heater goes through? It works 365 days a year, and at some point this means you may have to invest in professional water heater services in San Diego, CA. But how do you know if your water heater needs repairs? Keep reading to find out some of the signs.

Decline in the Amount of Hot Water

Have people within your home started complaining about going with lukewarm or even cold showers in the morning? If this is a new occurrence and there used to be enough hot water for everyone in the morning, then your water heater is likely losing heating power. This is one of the most common signs that your water heater needs to be repaired, or possibly even replaced is this is coupled with old age.

Discolored Water

Turn on your hot water taps. Do you see rusty, or brownish discoloration in the water? This often means that there is too much sediment inside the hot water tank. It may also indicate corrosion, which we’ll get to below. Do check to see if this is occurring in your cold water taps too—if it is there is either a problem with your plumbing system as a whole (and not your water heater at all) or the municipal water supply (less likely, but still worth noting).


Due to the constant presence of water in the metal water heater tank, water heaters are designed to resist corrosion. This is made possible with a component called the anode rod, which absorbs rust and corrosion so that it doesn’t impact the inside of the tank. The anode rod must be replaced every once in awhile, so it’s important to schedule maintenance in order to let us check its condition.

Rumbling Noises

This sound can be alarming, leading you to think your water heater’s tank is about to burst. The good news is, this likely is not the case. However, this isn’t a noise you want to ignore, as it might mean the water pressure has risen too high, there is sediment along the bottom of the tank, you have a broken expansion tank, or there is cold and hot water mixing at the top of the tank due to a broken dip tube.

Water Leaks

You never want to see any water pooling around the base of your water heater. The only place you should ever see water is dripping from the pressure relief valve. If there’s water dripping from anywhere else, it’s a serious problem that must be addressed by a professional plumber right away.

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