There are certain telltale signs that indicate that it’s time to replace your water heater, but you must know what you are looking for. Because water heaters are such an essential household system it is important to know when your water heater is having issues and when it might need to be replaced. This blog will explain to you five signs to look for when determining if your water heater needs to be replaced.
1. Your water heater is in its senior years.
Standard water heaters mainly last about a decade before they need to be replaced. Even though it could continue working for a few more years, after the 10 years you should consider replacing your existing water heater.
If you do not quite know the age of your water heater, you can check the serial number which is likely found on top of the unit. If you cannot find the date, plug the serial number into the heater’s manufacturers website to find more information.
2. Unusual Noises
As things age, sometimes the noise they make can sound a little concerning. For a water heater, this can happen due to sediment building up at the bottom of the tank. When the water inside of the tank is heated, the sediments harden which can cause banging sounds or rumbling from inside of the heater.
If you hear these noises, this is a sign that your water heater is coming towards the end of its operation lifespan and should be replaced.
3. Rusty water coming from the tap.
Water, plus metal, will eventually equal corrosion, especially after the sacrificial anode rod is exhausted. This rod is the long metal rod that extends through the interior of your water heater and often attracts particles of limestone, iron, and other minerals. Due to the corrosion of this sacrificial anode rod, it can cause your water to be rusty. Corrosion will cause your water to turn a reddish brown or if you notice staining of your sinks or bath then your water is rusty.
If this is happening early on in your water heater’s life cycle, you can have our team of plumber’s add a new anode rod to your water heater. However, if this is happening late in your water heater’s life, it would be more cost -effective to replace the entire unit.
4. Your hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to.
Water heaters become more insufficient at heating water as they age. Not only do they get worse at it, due to sediment build up, your water heater can lose the capacity to heat up water all together.
When there is zero hot water, it is a clear sign that your water heater is failing. It should be replaced and if hot water supply is always an issue in your home you might want to consider another option such as a tankless water heater. Lack of hot water is a clear sign that your heater is failing and needs to be replaced. A tankless water heater can provide your home with a limitless supply of water heater, so it would be good to consider discussing with our expert team of plumbers.
If there is water around your heater, there is possibility of a leak that should be dealt with immediately. Slight fractures develop over time as the metal tank expands and contracts with heat, repeatedly. However, when it fractures, you’re at serious risk of a tank burst, which can cause serious damage to your home. If you notice your water heater is leaking or even suspect it to be leaking then it’s time to call in the professionals at Ted’s Plumbing.