If you enjoy a hot shower or bath at the end of the day, and you do not enjoy significant water damage affecting your home, knowing when to repair or completely replace your water heater is a must. You don’t have to be a professional plumber or service technician to know when maintenance is required. Just keep these five helpful tips in mind and you should be able to spot water heater issues before they escalate into bigger, more-expensive problems.
Top five things to look for when seeing if your water heater needs replacement:
- Old age: The best equipment in the world can only last so long before it needs attention. Most water heaters have a lifespan of about 10 years; anything beyond that should be inspected and serviced, even if there are no other signs of problems, for internal wear and tear might be unnoticeable but widespread.
- Rust: The typical water heater is made out of rust-resistant steel, but resistance is not immunity. All metal will one day start to rust and corrode due to continual exposure to moisture. If you see rust anywhere on your water heater – be sure to check inlet and outlet connections – there is a good chance there is unseen rust elsewhere. If you turn a faucet to hot and rusty water comes out but clear water comes out when you switch it to cold, this is also a telltale sign that your water heater is rusting and needs replacement.
- Leaks: Is there a mysterious puddle of water around your water heater? Do you see water coming from the water heater whenever it is in use? Leaks in water heaters are one of the more common problems they can have, and also one of the most frustrating. A leak is usually indicative of a crack or fracture in the internal design of the water heater, meaning it needs to be completely replaced to be addressed.
- Grumbles: A water heater is generally pretty quiet, unless it has been gathering hard sediment at the bottom of its tank. Sediment buildup is natural in a water heater but, after so many years, it can start to form into large, crystallized chunks. Not only can a chunk clog the drainage valve but it will also bounce around and rumble inside the water heater as it heats up, making a distinctive and out-of-place rumbling or banging noise.
- Cold water: What is the point of a water heater if it doesn’t heat water? When you start getting lukewarm or cold water out of faucets that are set to hot, the water heater might be failing. It could also show that your family’s hot water usage has increased and the size of your hot water tank is too small. Either way, it is probably time for a replacement.
Did any of the aforementioned signs show up when you were inspecting your water heater? Could be time for a replacement! Go ahead and contact Trademark Home Services and let our Sugar Land home services technicians know what is going on. If this is an emergency and a faulty water heater is causing water damage to your home, have no fear – we offer fast response times at all hours of the day!