While you can try to problem solve your water heater on your own, if you go down to the basement and can't figure out what's wrong with your water heater, it's time to call a professional. If your water heater is gas, the issue can be as simple as a pilot light going out. If it's electric, make sure that the circuit hasn't tripped to ensure the heater has a power source. If you have no hot water, your tank is leaking, or your hot water heater produces water with a weird color, you probably need some help from a place like Albert's Plumbing & Drain Service.
When Strange Noises Come From Your Water Heater
Over time, sediment can build up in your water heater. The small particles start to move around as the water inside the heater is warmed up. The sediment can hit the sides of your tank, making a banging noise. If there's too much sediment, this can cause problems with how your hot water heater functions. You can have your water heater drained and cleaned out, if this is the only problem with your water heater at this time.
If Your Hot Water is Discolored
If the hot water coming from your tank is discolored, your tank is corroding from the inside. This is a sign that it's time to replace your water heater because eventually the tank is going to corrode completely through, causing a big leak in your home. Discolored water from the corrosion isn't useful and potentially hazardous to you and your family.
When the Tank is Leaking
A hot water tank can leak for a number of reasons. If the problem is a rusted out tank, you need to get a new one. If the problem is because a fitting has come loose, then your tank only needs to be repaired. Check the color of the water coming from the leak. If it's clear, you may not need to replace your tank.
If Your Water Isn't Hot Enough
If your water is no longer getting hot enough, the first thing you should do is check the water temperature dial on your tank. Turn up the temperature, and see if that works. There could be a problem with your tank, or your spouse could have turned down the temperature without your knowledge. When your water still isn't getting hot enough, contact a technician who can help diagnose and fix the problem. You don't want to be left without hot water in your home for too long.