As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you do your best to keep an eye on your hot water tank so you can spot signs of trouble as they appear. To help you know just what it is that you should look for, take a few moments to review the following signs of hot water tank trouble.

Brown-Colored Water

If you are noticing that the water in your house is starting to have a brown tint to it, you are going to want to figure out why. First, check with your neighbors to see if they also have brown water. If they do, then it could be that there is work being done to the public water lines and the color of the water should clear up shortly after they complete the work. If the brown water is just in your home, the culprit is probably the hot water tank. There is most likely rust getting into the water, which is causing the water to change in color. You will want to call a skilled professional plumber who can figure out if your hot water tank can be repaired or if it simply needs to be replaced.

Loud Banging Sounds

Your hot water tank should not really make a lot of noise. If you hear anything, it should not be more than a small clicking sound when it turns back on to reheat water that it just filled up with. Therefore, if you find that you are noticing a very loud banging sound that might even catch you off guard, you want to have the problem looked into as soon as possible. The problem could be anything from a bad heating element to a faulty pilot light. Your professional plumber will be able to figure out the issue and resolve it for you. 

Hot Water Is Not Lasting Long

Your hot water tank should be full of hot water. If you find that you run out of water after a single, quick shower, you might have a problem. The issue could be that the pilot light stopped working and your water quickly cooled off. If you have an electric hot water tank, you could so have a problem with the breaker in the electrical panel for the house. If the breaker is tripping because it needs replaced or there is something wrong with your hot water tank, your hot water will not last long. A quality plumber will be able to assess the situation and can resolve the issue for you.

With those three symptoms of hot water tank trouble in mind, you should have no trouble spotting problems. Companies like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.