You get your supply of hot water from water heaters that are operated or run either by gas, oil or electricity. When you open the faucet, hot water flows from the top of the tank and is replaced by cold water that streams into the bottom of the water heater tank. The heat regulating device of your water tank is a thermostat that automatically activates the tank’s heating element when the there is a drop in the water’s temperature.
To ensure that your water heater is in good working condition, you should have it inspected regularly and check for some “unusual” signs that may need a more professional inspection. Here are the signs to watch out for:
When your water heater’s temperature-pressure relief valve releases boiling water or steam
Your water heater’s temperature-pressure safety valve, which can be found close to the tank’s top, prevents extreme pressure and temperatures. There is a release pipe attached to the safety valve that goes down the tank’s side and reaches barely higher than the floor. Discharged water flows down this pipe to guard against accidental burning from boiling water. When your water heater’s temperature-pressure relief valve releases boiling water or steam turn off your water heater and look for a plumber fast. This could mean that there is a problem with your water heater or that the safety valve is defective.
When you hear unusual sounds from the tank such as sizzling or whistling or a crackling and rumbling noise
These strange noises can only mean one thing; sediments have accumulated in the bed of the tank of your water heater. Sediment lowers the efficiency of your water heater and could also be the source of more problems.
When water drips from the safety valve or does not run through it
When you check the relief valve by raising or pushing down the valve’s handle and no water runs through it and flow to the discharge pipe or water keeps on dripping from the relief valve once the handle of the valve is released, you will need to have your water heater inspected. It may need a valve replacement.
When you notice a leak on the pipes
When you notice a leak in the pipes – hot water pipes and cold water pipes, or on the metal housing of the water heater, have your unit immediately inspected by a licensed plumber and have the leaks repaired or even have the pipe or tank replaced if needed.
If you think you may have a problem, call Corley in Greenville, SC at (864) 659-2652 to have a licensed plumber access the situation. You can also Schedule Service online.