Are you seeing rust-colored water when you turn on the hot water in your home? Call the Hillsborough, NJ water heater experts at Awesome Air if you need a water heater tune-up. Here are some common reasons you could be seeing rusty water when you turn on the hot water tap.
Many homeowners are unaware that tank water heaters need to be drained and flushed often to remove the sediment that can build up at the bottom of the tank. If you see rust-colored water when you turn on the hot water it is most likely sediment in your water heater rather than an issue with the piping, unless you are seeing it in cold water as well.
If it is only in hot water, you should call a repair technician. If you have an electric water heater, the pumps and the tank will need to be checked. You may also need a water heater replacement since the inside of the tank could be corroding, especially if it has not been maintained. If you do have to replace the water heater, consider a tankless system.
Tankless water heaters don’t have to heat an entire tank of water; therefore, you save money by avoiding standby energy losses. They also offer hot water on demand and do not need to be flushed as often. Call us if you would like to know more about installing a tankless water heater. While they are not the solution for every situation, many homeowners are switching to tankless systems.
If you are seeing rusty water in your cold water as well, or you have iron stains in your sinks and tub, you could have iron in your system. You could also have ferrous iron, which appears clear out of the faucet, but then it leaves a rust-colored stain after it is exposed to oxygen over time. If you see rust coming out of your cold water as well, then you may have ferric iron, which leaves stains and can damage pipes and plumbing appliances.
Call the Hillsborough, NJ water heater repair technicians at Awesome Air for all your hot water heater repair and maintenance needs!