How to Tell if There's Sediment in Your Hot Water Heater

February 21, 2019

Your water heater is something you don't think about until your hot water flow gets interrupted. Over time, your hot water heater tank will accumulate sediment from the minerals and particulates in your fresh water supply. If the sediment is not removed, it can cause leaking, cold showers, odd noises, and even shorten the lifespan of your water heater. Depending on the mineral content of your local water supply, sediment may build up over the course of a year, or five years. Hot water heater sediment symptoms are not always obvious.

 

Here are some of the most common signs of sediment in your hot water heater:

 

Symptoms of sediment in your water heater:

  • There is no hot water

  • The water temperature fluctuates

  • Popping or rumbling noises coming from the tank

  • Your hot water looks rusty and smells bad

  • There are small leaks near the water heater drain valve

  • Water takes a long time to heat up

To test the performance of your water heater, run the hot water in your kitchen faucet until it’s hot. Use a thermometer to take the water temperature from the faucet—anything less than 120 degrees is a sign your hot water heater isn’t performing well. It could also mean that the hot water temperature is set too low and needs to be adjusted.

 

If you suspect your heater has sediment in it, give us a call and we can help!

408-358-3242

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