Your water heater is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. It’s constantly working to provide you with hot water for showering, cooking, laundry, dishwashing, and heating in the cold winter months. The only thing is your water heater is probably closed away somewhere in a closet, so it’s easy to adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. So how do you know when your water heater is worn out, and what are the most common signs that it’s time to replace it?
Your Water Heater is too Old
Do you know how old your current water heater is? The life of an average residential water heater is between eight and ten years. If your water heater reaches ten years of age with no problems, we still recommend you get a new one to avoid costly, recurring repairs.
Rusty Water or Heater Inlet Valve
Unfortunately, where there is water, there is usually rust, even with the most durable materials like steel. If you’ve noticed small bits of rust appearing in your hot water then it’s time to replace your heater. Similarly, if you notice rust build-up around the water inlet or pressure relief valve on your heater, it needs replacing ASAP.
Water Heater Noise
As your tank ages, you may notice strange rumbling or clanking sounds coming from it. These are the noises your water heater makes while it works to heat up your water supply, and it’s a sign that it’s time to invest in a new one.
Water Heater Leaking
If you notice any water on the floor around your tank, you may have a leak, and significant leaks can cause costly damage to your home. Whether the leak can be repaired or not will require a professional inspection, so contact your plumber as soon as you can.
Water Heater Not Heating
Not having hot water quickly becomes a big inconvenience. When your hot water heater simply stops being able to heat up your home’s water supply, it may be because the tank is too old and needs replacing. A certified technician will be able to tell you more about why your water isn’t heating up.
If you’d like more information, or if you have any questions about replacing your water heater, please visit our website at: https://www.crosstownplumbing.com/