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4 Scary Signs You Need Water Heater Repair


Fall is officially here! The leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is just around the corner. After the excessive use you put your water heater through over the summer, now’s the time when you might notice that it’s delivering tricks instead of treats, just in time for Halloween.

From spine-chilling cold showers to the terrifying torment of a leak, here are some signs that indicate your water heater needs help. When you need a plumber in Nashville, TN to exorcise the demons from your water heater, call on us for water heater repair. Let’s go over 4 scary signs to be on the lookout for.

1. Lukewarm Water

Here’s a tale of spine-tingling horror: you’re taking a nice hot shower when halfway through, the water turns ice cold! There’s nothing worse than not having enough hot water for showers and baths when the weather turns cold. 

There are many possible reasons for a lack of hot water. It could be something as simple as a showerhead mixer valve, dip tube, or pressure-balancing valve that has gone bad. Another cause is a mineral buildup in the shower valve which is common in areas with hard water. Hotter water precipitates more deposits, so the hot water side of your shower may get clogged faster than the cold water side.

2. Stinky Water

If the water coming from all the taps smells as foul as a witch’s brew, it could be an issue with your sewer line. However, if you notice the stinky stench when it’s just the hot water that’s running, this could be caused by your water heater. 

There’s a component in your water heater called an anode rod and its purpose is to attract sediment and minerals to prevent corrosion. When the anode rod wears down, you may smell bacterial contamination and notice rusty or reddish-brown colors in your water similar to the fall leaves outside.

3. Spooky Sounds

Gurgling, hissing, banging, screeching, and popping noises can give you a fright when you’re used to your water heater running silently! Any sudden and unusual sounds are cause for concern. These noises could indicate anything from a mineral buildup to a restriction in the water flow. Whatever the cause, one of our plumbers can pinpoint what’s wrong and return your water heater to quiet operation and restore your peace of mind.

4. Signs of Leaking Anywhere

A leaking water heater is the scariest thing you could experience. That’s because water leak have the potential to become a horrible nightmare! You could end up with major water damage in your home by letting even a small leak continue unchecked. It’s much easier to fix a water heater—or even get a new one—than it is to repair water damage to a home. Give us a call if you ever see water leaking from your water heater.

Covenant Heating and Cooling is your trusted resource for water heater repair in Nashville, TN. We are “Dedicated to the Promise of Serving You!” Contact us today.

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