There’s nothing more aggravating than stepping into the shower, only to be greeted by a stream of cold water. As with most of the home’s appliances, the Water Heater will eventually deteriorate and break down. No one likes dirty dishes or cold showers; therefore, it’s important to replace the unit before it fails completely. Below are five signs that it may be time for a new water heating unit.
Corrosion and Rust
The homeowner should monitor the tank for signs of corrosion and rust that may have built up over the past few years. Two areas should be closely monitored: the area around the pressure and temperature relief valves, and the outlet/inlet connections.
Discoloration Around the Unit
If there’s rusty water coming from the unit, it typically indicates that the tank is rusting from the inside. Rust eventually causes leaks, and a tank in this condition should be replaced as soon as possible.
Puddling Around the Tank
Periodically, the homeowner should walk around the unit, looking for puddles of water. If there’s a little moisture, the tank is leaking or fractured. A Water Heater tank may leak because of heat-related expansion and contraction of the metal, which can cause cracking.
Lukewarm or Cold Water
If the home’s fixtures fail to provide sufficient hot water, it may be time for a replacement. Most failures happen over time rather than all at once, and the average unit only lasts 10-15 years. If the heater isn’t working as it should, and it’s nearing the end of its useful life, consider replacing it to avoid the potential for damage.
If the heater makes rumbling noises when it’s used, it’s likely due to sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank. As the sediment heats, it hardens and bangs against the inner walls of the tank, creating a loud noise. With these noises comes the potential for a serious leak; therefore, it’s best to replace the unit right away.
While all units will eventually wear out, their lives can be prolonged with regular maintenance. For more info or to schedule service, visit Southsideplumbingandheating.com.
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