We know that running water is vital to all of our clients and essential for every day living. The average family could use water of varying warmth up to 20 times a day – from baths and showers to laundry, dishes, cooking, and more. Unfortunately for your water heater, this means that eventually it will wear down. It is important to know the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced.
1. It’s simply too old.
Water heaters only have a life span of about 10 years, even if they are being regularly maintained. If you are not sure how old yours is, check the serial number on your unit. Reference the first letter and first two numbers. For example, S for September and 08 for when the water heater was made. You will need to pay close attention for the signs that it is deteriorating and needs to be replaced if the first two numbers are at 09 or less.
2. Your water looks rusty.
If your hot water looks rusty then your water heater is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. Rusty water means that the heater itself is deteriorating.
3. There is water pooling around the heater.
Heat expands metal and eventually wears it down and creates cracks, causing the water to leak out onto the floor. It’s best to replace a worn-down heater to avoid water on your floors.
4. You hear noises coming from your water heater.
Noises like rumbling and banging occur when sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank. The sediment breaks into pieces and creates noise. The more sediment that builds up, the more likely your water is prone to leaking or overheating. This means that it’s time for a replacement!
Our plumbing experts can help you choose the best water heater for your home or recommend and complete repairs on your existing heater. Call us today for an in-home consultation for your current water heater!