Our water heaters definitely come in handy for washing dishes, clothes and taking long showers at the end of a workday. While water heaters work tirelessly in the background to serve our hot water needs, we often forget about them until something goes amiss within the unit.

No matter what time of the year it is, no one likes to be surprised by a hot water outage. It’s key to regularly keep an eye out for any areas of the unit that may be in need of professional repair, as resolving these issues ahead of time can help restore the water heater’s original efficiency before you’re in a pickle.

Our plumbing professionals are here to discuss the most common signs of a water heater in need of repair and what steps to follow next. Keep reading to learn more!


While it may be a more obvious sign of a needed repair, it’s time to call in your trusted plumbing team if you notice leaks near your unit. If your unit has a small amount of condensation on the tank’s exterior, this is no cause for concern. However, if a puddle of water is forming around the base, there’s a deeper issue.

Even the most minor leaks can skyrocket your monthly water bills and take a toll on your unit’s efficiency. Leaks often stem from the tank itself, so it’s best to schedule a professional inspection for an in-depth look at the system. While it may be tempting to perform a DIY water heater inspection or follow a few YouTube videos, it’s best to have an experienced plumber check the unit for any areas of concern.

Discolored Water

It can be quite the shocker to turn on the faucet and discover rust-colored water. Discoloration in the water supply is one of the telling signs of a water heater needing repair. Most of the time, the discoloration stems from mineral buildup inside the tank. Flushing your water heater at least once a year to remove excess sediment is recommended to help prevent this headache altogether!

Our team is highly trained in water heater maintenance and can keep your unit in prime condition for years to come. Keep your tank clean, clear, and working correctly with our premier water heater maintenance services.

Hot Water Shortages

Have you ever hopped in the shower, only to discover it’s freezing cold? We understand how inconvenient hot water shortages can be. Hot water inconsistencies often stem from excess mineral deposits or a problem with the internal heating element. If you’re having difficulty with your hot water supply, give our team a call at (262) 383-4040, and we’ll be right out to inspect the unit and provide a lasting solution.

Strange Noises

It’s perfectly normal to notice light operational sounds coming from your water heater tank. However, if your water heater has been unusually noisy lately or emits strange sounds, it may be time for a repair. If you’ve noticed popping sounds from the unit, excess sediment in the tank could be to blame. If it’s a screeching noise, there could be a water flow restriction issue. As always, give your team at Southport Home Services a call if you notice any sounds that are out of the ordinary!

Professional Water Heater Services in Wisconsin

We understand the importance of keeping a steady hot water supply to serve your household’s needs. Southport Home Services is Wisconsin’s trusted provider for all things water heater repairs, maintenance, and installations. Give us a call at 1-888-474-0277 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your next service.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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