The water heater in your home is one of the most overworked appliances because it is basically running day and night to heat water. The time to have your system checked is long before you are knee deep in water and scrambling through the phone directory looking for a professional plumber to make the repair. Here are just a few signs your water heater needs maintenance.
Your water heater should be running quietly each day to keep the water at a predetermined temperature. The fist sign there could be trouble is when you hear the water heater making noises as it heats the water. These sounds will sound like small pebbles rolling around inside an empty tin can. This means that there is a buildup of sediment or something has come loose, and it is rolling around inside the heater tank with your water.
If you notice the water has a sulfur smell or has a discoloration to it, this is the time to call your local plumbing professional. A plumber will be able to open up the tank and drain out all that contaminated water. Once the tank has been flushed cleaned, the water quality should improve immediately. The mineral buildups can slowly clog the tank and the water lines leading to your sinks and shower.