Worried About Your Water Heater? Signs You Need A Plumber Before The Tank Ruptures

20 July 2023
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The water heater is an essential part of your home. It provides you with hot water for cleaning and cooking. Over time, your water heater can wear out and deteriorate. That's especially true if your water heater isn't properly maintained, or it gets too old. When your water heater does deteriorate, the tank can rupture. Unfortunately, when your water heater ruptures, it can fill your home with hot water. If the tank explodes, it can cause other injuries and damage too. That's why you need to watch for warning signs. If you're not sure what to watch for, read the list below. If you see either of these warning signs, repair or replace your water heater before it ruptures.

Inconsistent Water Temperature

When you set the thermostat on your water heater, the temperature shouldn't fluctuate. That's a sign that your water heater is functioning the way it should. If the water temperature is fluctuating, it's time to call a plumber. Fluctuating water temperatures can be a sign that your water heater is about to burst. That's especially true if you notice extreme temperature fluctuations. Fluctuating temperatures can be caused by a couple of things. One reason is that the thermostat is about to fail. Fluctuating temperatures can also be caused by sediment inside the tank. Or, temperature fluctuations can stem from a faulty heating mechanism. Both of these problems can lead to rupture if the issue isn't repaired right away. That's why you need to call a plumber as soon as you have problems with the water temperature. 

Corrosion on the Outside of the Tank

If you're worried that your water heater might rupture, look at the outside of the tank. You might not know it, but the outside of the tank can tell you a lot about your water heater. The outside of the tank can let you know if your water heater is about to rupture. First, check the temperature and pressure relief valve. The temperature and pressure relief valve helps regulate pressure inside the tank. When pressure builds up, the relief valve opens to release water. If your temperature and pressure relief valve leaks all the time, your water heater needs help right away. Next, look at the tank. If you can see rust or corrosion on the outside of the tank, it's time to call a plumber. Both of those problems are a sign that your water heater is at risk of rupture. 

Reach out to a local residential plumbing contractor to learn more.