Having no hot water can be a significant inconvenience. In this day and age, having hot water is more than just a commodity, it’s a necessity. But with the condition of water heaters and the age of some buildings, having hot water all of the time can be a difficulty, especially when a water heater breaks down. There are many signs that indicate when to replace a water heater; however, knowing and identifying it can sometimes be difficult. Water heater repair and installation are both jobs that a local plumber can perform, but that’s only half the battle. Identifying a broken water heater are some of the first steps towards saving your water heater. Calling a local plumber when you notice any of the following signs indicating damage to your water heater can help ensure you have hot water running all of the time.
1. If your water heater is relatively old, it may be time to replace it. A majority of water heaters are built to last between eight and ten years. A replacement is generally recommended after this period. Whether or not there are any other visible signs of wear and tear, it may be time to replace it beforehand at the risk of any damage symptoms like rusting on the tank or in water, noises, leaks and failures to heat the water.
Everyone loves a nice hot bath after cold weather, and replacing an ageing water heater is one of the most significant residential and commercial plumbing necessities.
If there is any confusion about the age of a water heater, as is often the case in many buildings purchased from another owner, you can find out the period through the serial number of the water heater, located on the upper half of the tank. Calling your manufacturer and providing the serial number can help identify the age and the need for a replacement if necessary.
2. Rust in either the heater valve or in any heated water itself is an immediate indicator of a damaged water heater. Rust can occur in any water heater, even those between eight and ten years old. Corrosion on steel surfaces can spread and eat through steel in some spots, and because water pipes and tanks are made of steel, rust is a warning sign for incoming leaks.
If you spot signs of rust in your water, or forming around the valves for the water heater, or even around pipes, having a licensed plumber take a look at the rusted area can help prevent further damage to your pipes.
3. Any unusual noises from a water heater can be a telltale sign that a water heater is approaching the end of its lifecycle. Rumbling noises will become louder as a heater ages and heats water up.
Sediment build up can cause inefficiency, accelerate any damage to the heater, and even cause cracks in the heater. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is a wholly broken water heater. Flushing your heater on an annual basis can help alleviate that stress and drain sediments from your tank. To help prevent damage, a yearly flush is likelier to help the tank last its full life expectancy.
4. Any water spotted around your heater is a visible indicator that your water tank has a leak and can no longer hold hot water. This is dangerous as the leak could increase, and it could cause damage to your home depending on where it’s located.
These signs of damage to your water heater are an immediate sign to contact a plumber for expert advise, and perhaps even an installation of a new water heater. Wrench It Up has expert plumbers who can identify issues with any water heater and suggest what could work best for you. Whether it is a residential water heater or a commercial water heater, we can offer you a solution that can help your water heater do what it needs to – give you hot water.
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