Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater  

Contact A Maurais & Sons, Inc. About Confusing Water Heater Issues

What are the signs it’s time to repair or replace your water heater? That’s our blog topic this month. Appliances such as water heaters are items about which we tend to forget until they stop working. You might need to fix or replace your water heater if:

  • There’s rust and corrosion build up
  • You see water discoloration
  • There’s pooling around the water heater
  • Your faucets only release lukewarm water


Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater If There’s Pooling or Lukewarm Water

A surefire sign that your water heater is malfunctioning is when there’s pooling water around the appliance. By “pooling,” we mean noticing a puddle at the bottom of your water heater. If you notice pooling, the temperature and/or pressure relief valve might be faulty. You also might see pooling because there’s too much pressure in the tank. All of these issues are repairable. When you contact A Maurais & Son Inc, we’ll fix these water heater issues before you need to replace it.

Nobody likes taking a shower with lukewarm water or having unclean dishes in your dishwasher because of lukewarm water. If you’re experiencing lukewarm water from your faucets or shower, despite completely turning the knobs, your water heater needs replacing.


Remove the Rust Before Your Water Heater Fails

Over the years, sometimes rust and corrosion builds up on water heaters. If you notice rust and corrosion on the inlet and outlet connections, that’s not good. Having two different metal connections on a water heater can cause rust and corrosion over time. If you don’t remove the rust and corrosion, the water heater could suffer irreparable failure. Rust and corrosion on the valves indicates mineral buildup inside the tank.

If you notice water discoloration when you run water, it might indicate that your water heater is rusting inside. Water discoloration could also indicate rust in your pipes or even the municipality’s main water supply. To test if the water discoloration is from your pipes or your municipality’s water supply, run more than one faucet. Once you’ve determined the water discoloration is from your water heater, call our plumbing and HVAC contractor to replace it.



For more information on plumbing and HVAC issues, give A Maurais & Sons, Inc. a call at (207) 897-3027. Follow us on Facebook for updates. Our contractor is happy to further describe signs it’s time to repair or replace your water heater.