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5 Red Flags of Water Heater Failure

Do you feel the winter chill in the air? The hot Guilford County summers we know and love have come to an end. Now, it’s time to shift our focus to the holiday season and all the cold days that come with it. 

Did you know that water heaters have to work harder in the winter? A lot of people don’t! As the temperatures continue to fall, the underground water supply also gets colder, forcing your water heater to work harder during colder months. This is why most plumbing companies, including yours truly, recommend that all homeowners schedule a water heater tune-up during this time of the year. At Go Green, we provide both tank and tankless water heater maintenance across Greensboro, NC, and other nearby areas, for your convenience. You don’t want to get caught in a cold shower because your water heater can’t keep up with the cold temperatures — we will make sure you won’t!

Better yet, if you know your water heater is in need of a serious upgrade, inquire about replacing it sooner rather than later. Here are some warning signs to keep in mind. 

Lack of Hot Water

This should need no explanation. When your “hot” water is actually freezing cold, no matter how long you let it run to warm up, it’s most likely due to a failing system. 

Water Gets Warm, Never Hot

Unless someone adjusted the water heater temperature without your knowledge, water that gets warm but never hot is a glaring sign that your water heater is just about ready to bite the dust. Time and lack of proper maintenance can cause significant sediment and limescale to build up in the tank and the connecting pipes. Eventually, this creates a barrier between the heat source and the water, forcing your water heater to work harder and harder. If the system is overworked but still can’t reach the desired temperature, it may be at its breaking point. 

Hot Water is Muddy or Rusty

Muddy or rusty-looking hot water isn’t just unappealing and unsightly — it’s also a sign of a damaged water heater. When the anode rod, the part designed to prevent rust and corrosion, goes bad and isn’t replaced, your system will quickly follow suit. If caught early, a professional can eliminate the rust and install a new anode rod. However, if a significant portion of the water heater is rusted, so much so that rust is leaking into the water, a replacement may be the only suitable solution.

Leaking Water Heater Tank

A leak is never a good sign, especially if it’s coming from the bottom part of the tank. This indicates the tank’s integrity has been compromised beyond repair. You will need to replace the water heater immediately! If the leak is coming from the top part of the tank, you may have a shot in the dark at saving your appliance if you contact Go Green’s plumbing specialists right away. 

Water Heater Surpassed Lifespan

Go Green is available for residential and commercial water heater replacements in Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding areas. If you want to make sure your hot water will flow smoothly all winter long, now is the time to call and schedule an appointment! Our expert plumbers will conduct a thorough inspection and tune-up to determine the health of your current water heater, and we’ll provide you with recommendations on how you can help improve your water heater’s efficiency.