Every night, you indulge in a hot shower to unwind from a long, tiring day. You also turn a packed dishwasher on before heading to bed on most nights of the week. If you can relate to these scenarios, you depend daily on your water heater to make your life easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately, even top-of-the-line, water heaters eventually malfunction. To prevent the inconvenience of water heater failure, replacing units nearing the end of their livelihoods is crucial. While predicting water heater failure isn’t always simple, the following signs typically indicate it’s time to replace your unit.
Age of Your Water Heater
If your water heater is past its prime, numerous things can occur. For instance, parts can break down, your tank might crack, and corrosion may develop. Typically, 10 years is the full lifespan of tank, water heaters. Knowing the age of your water heater is extremely important. If you’re unsure when yours was installed, check the serial number label on your unit. Makers of water heaters include the month and year units were produced in serial numbers. However, these numbers are usually alphanumeric codes. Visit your water heater manufacturer’s website to ascertain how to interpret your unit’s code and discover its age.
Little or No Hot Water
One of the first signs of a broken water heater is little to no hot water. When you turn your shower or faucets on, the water might be considerably cooler than it usually is. Or, the hot water may run out quickly. When these issues occur, a failing heating element is sometimes to blame. Or, mineral sediment may have covered the bottom of your unit and hardened.
Leaks are never a positive thing. If you see water puddling around your water heater, your tank has probably reached the end of its life. Minimal drips can quickly worsen. If your entire tank breaks, major flooding can happen.
Periodically checking and replacing the anode rod on your water heater can extend its life. This beneficial rod attracts corrosive elements hovering in your water. Slowly rusting away, it protects your your tank from damage. If this rod isn’t replaced in a timely manner, those pesky, corrosive agents will start attacking your whole unit. A corroded water heater causes rusty water to flow from your faucets and shower. If you suspect your water heater is rusted out, replace it as soon as possible. It will eventually begin leaking.
When the previously mentioned sediment covers and hardens your tank, it forces your unit to work harder. Rapid expansion of your water heater can occur. This may result in loud banging sounds emanating from your unit whenever a tank of water is being heated. If your tank is making loud, unfamiliar sounds, getting a new one is a smart idea.
If one or more of the aforementioned signs sounds familiar, consider securing a professional plumbing company to replace your water heater soon. An expert at a reputable plumbing business can install your water heater properly according to current, local plumbing code and ensure all of the safety features are in place.