Tank Water Heater Issues You Shouldn’t Ignore

Water heater tank that's leaking

Tank Water Heater Issues You Shouldn't Ignore

While you probably don't think twice about your water heater on a daily basis, there can be some issues that you shouldn't ignore. Hot water is a luxury that you can take for granted until your water heater suddenly stops working. In order to prevent this, we put together some tips that are telltale signs it's time to act fast.

What Signs do I Need to Look Out for with My Water Heater?

Strange Noises

Rumbling, popping, and hissing sounds are not what you want to hear when it comes to your water heater. These noises are complete red flags. While you may not see any external damage on your water heater, these noises signify internal damage like mineral build-up. If this is the case, you'll hear popping or banging noises. Unfortunately, these minerals can cause cracks and hinder how the tank works.

While it can be normal for a rumbling sound, in particular, to come from your heater. You need to be aware that this could mean an underlying problem (i.e., like a broken expansion tank).


When it comes to leaks, it's never a good sign — regardless of what is leaking in your home. Now, in terms of water heaters, if you see a puddle or small amount of water surrounding your unit, reach out for help immediately. As your water heater begins to leak, it can cause the heater to rust. The more you ignore this problem, the worse this leak will get — and no one wants a flood in their house.

Water Discoloration

If you notice any water discoloration, pay attention to what color it turns. Yellow discoloration could indicate a leak, while if your water appears cloudy, this could mean that there is an excessive amount of mineral deposits in your tank. If your water is an orange/reddish color, then this could mean your tank or pipes are rusting or have already rusted.

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If your water heater is showing these signs, it's time to get it checked out. Don't ignore these warnings because you can be doing more damage than expected. These signs are serious and can be taken care of by a professional.

If you're concerned about the state of your water heater, call an expert from Nuckols Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (804) 214-2077 for help!

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