The first sign you should look for that your water heater is having some problems that need repair is rusty water. Anyone who has gone on any sort of extended trip has probably seen rusty water before - but that buildup goes away after just a few minutes. If the rusty water starts to occur regularly any time you make use of the hot water part of your faucet, you should have your hot water heated looked at as a possible cause.
Another sign of a possible hot water heater problem is a large increase in your energy bill. Sometimes, a water heater in need of repair will require a larger amount of energy to reach the temperate it needs to. The larger amount of energy required to heat the water can often show up on your electricity bill, and a consistent increase in your energy bill should always be investigated.
Perhaps the most obvious sign of a water heater problem is simply a lack of hot water compared to what you're used to. Whether the hot water has simply become less consistent, or if there isn't as much hot water available as there once was, there is almost certainly a problem with the water heater. However, it is important to note that a decrease in pressure usually is not indicative of a water heater problem, and is instead usually a bigger problem with your water as a whole.
No matter which of these signs that you might have, your next stem should always be to call on a plumbing professional that can look at your water heater, verify the problem, and make the necessary repairs.
Is the water heater in your Lakeland home in need of maintenance? Call Samco Plumbing at (863) 509-1718 and get started today!