Top Signs Your Water Heater Might Need Repair

With a bitterly cold winter predicted, it’s time you may want to get your water heater repaired. If your water heater does not work, you will be unable to heat your home during the winter months, and risk getting sick. It is very important that you always maintain and keep your water heater in good condition. The reason that you must always maintain your water heater is that if you do not, you may potentially have to buy a new one, which can be very, very expensive. Maintenance, however, is rarely expensive.

In this article, we are going to tell you what the top signs are that your water heater may need to be repaired. It is best you have it repaired rather than replaced. Repairs, as we said already, seldom cost a lot, but a replacement will break the bank.

Here are the top signs that your water heater may need to be repaired.

No Hot Water

If you notice that when you are using your water heater the water turns cold very quickly and then will not heat up again, your water heater might need to be repaired. Don’t worry though, we’ll tell you all about it, so continue to read more here, and see what other problems your boiler may experience. We have likely all experienced this once or twice or life. With that said, this does not necessarily indicate your water heater is broken, and rather, it may just not be turned on at all! If your heater is turned off it may still retain some hot water from when it was turned on, so when you do turn on the hot water, you may feel hot water for a few seconds, then cold water. 

This is perfectly normal and this is not something you should be concerned with – rather you should just remember to turn your heater on the next time you are intending on using it rather than jumping straight for the water! If your heater is turned on, however, then you have a problem.

Loud Noises

Water heaters do tend to make a little bit of noise, as you will likely already know. As the pipes begin to warm up and hot water begins to flow through the heater, you will notice a whirring or creaking. If however, your heater continuously makes loud noises, even after the water has been heated and the boiler turned off, then this could be a problem. It is worth having this checked out by a maintenance professional so that you can ensure your heater is not going to breakdown on you. 

Total breakdown is usually first marked by loud noises that persist for some time. The first instance of noise occurring from your boiler (unnatural noise) then you should report it to a plumber. Having your boiler breakdown on you is never fun and can be a big problem if you do not have enough money to pay for a total replacement.


If you begin to notice rust forming on your boiler, it’s time for some immediate repairs. Rust can form on the inside of the unit, which you will not see, but your water will likely come out with an orange or brown tinge, or it can form outside of the unit. If you notice rust anywhere on your water heater, you absolutely must contact a repairs specialist and ask them to come and replace the parts that are growing rusty. Rust can mean the end for your water heater if the rust manages to get to areas that cannot be replaced, so the first sign of rust should be treated as an emergency. Rust should not form on a water heater, to begin with, so the very sight of rust is an indicator of much larger problems being afoot, and a definite sign of a leak.

Water Leakage

Another big problem that must be addressed immediately is water leaking out of your water heating system. Water should not leak from your boiler and if it does this can mean big trouble. Depending on the speed with which your boiler is leaking water, you may want to cover it up and put buckets underneath as well as call an out-of-hours plumber. If however, the boiler is not leaking a considerable quantity of water, while still serious, you should just contact a plumber during business hours. Sometimes, leaks can just be because of a rusted pipe and can be replaced, others, it can be a big problem. The only way that you will know is to contact a boiler specialist and have your heater examined and checked out.

In this article, we hope to have explained a few signs indicating that your boiler may need repairs. If your boiler needs repairs, do not waste time, and instead, get to the repairs immediately and have a trained professional do them for you. We hope that you have enjoyed this article and that you will come back and visit us soon!

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2 thoughts on “Top Signs Your Water Heater Might Need Repair

  1. It’s nice that you mentioned how it is time for some immediate repairs if you begin to notice rust forming on your boiler. I was inspecting our water heater system yesterday and I noticed that some parts of it has started to rust. Leaving it be would surely result to further damage so we should definitely have it repaired by an expert soon.

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