One of the most important aspects of your home comfort is the water heater. Without this system, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy everyday conveniences like a hot shower or even being able to thoroughly clean. Having a reliable source of hot water is vital to modern living.
Unfortunately, water heaters do not last forever. If the time has come for you to purchase a new one, we’re the team who can help! We work with all types of water heaters, from conventional tank systems to tankless water heaters. What we’ve found with many homeowners, though, is that they often wait until their water heater is on its very last leg and then rush into a purchase. This doesn’t have to be your reality! Know the signs that your water heater is failing, and give us a call before you find yourself facing a plumbing emergency.
How Old Is Your Water Heater?
Age is often the best indicator of when you should start considering replacement. While very well-maintained water heaters may last longer than this, you can typically expect the average system to last 8-10 years. If your water heater has already reached this age, or older, even if it’s not experiencing any obvious problems at the moment, then consider replacement. Waiting to replace your water heater when it’s this old could leave you with a completely broken down system.
Drop in Hot Water Volume
Have you noticed that your shower has begun to run out of hot water when you use it? This could very well be a sign that it’s time to replace your water heater. If you’re still using the same amount of water each day and you’ve never experienced this problem before, then it’s a clear indication that something is amiss. While it might be a repairable problem, if you have an older system then you’ll want to consider replacement.
Strange Noises from the System
One of the problems that can plague a water heater is hard water. This is water with a high level of minerals in it—namely magnesium, calcium, and iron. While these minerals are harmless for us to ingest, they form mineral deposits inside our plumbing systems. Your water heater has no way to filter out these mineral deposits, and as a result, they’ll harden and settle on the bottom of the tank.
Every time your heat exchangers come on and the water starts heating up, this sediment will get knocked around, and you’ll hear a rumbling or rattling noise. Like the above-mentioned problem, this is potentially repairable, but depending on how long the problem has gone on for or how long it’s been since your last tune-up, this can lead to system corrosion and require a replacement.
There is a component within the water heater called the anode rod. This component is responsible for absorbing rust and corrosion, and must be replaced every few years or so. If the anode rod is overwhelmed, corrosion can start attacking the lining of your water heater instead, and this will result in rusty, tinged water. There’s no repairing a corroded water heater, and this means it’s time to give us a call.