Just a Malfunctioning Heating Element?
Throughout its service life, your hot water heater may malfunction without necessarily needing to be replaced. For example, if there is a drop in the volume of hot water available. While previously everyone in the family could enjoy a hot shower one after the other, now by the time it’s your turn to wash, the water is lukewarm. Another possible issue is water that never reaches the desired temperature. In both cases the cause may be a broken heating element. Replacing it will solve the problem.
More Serious Warning Signs
However, for some problems, the hot water heater as a whole will have to be replaced:
- The water is cloudy and reddish.
- Rust is present along the tank’s bottom (which may indicate a leak).
- Droplets are appearing on its outside walls.