Hot and cold water are easy to take for granted when your water heater is running smoothly. But wait until you’re greeted with a cold shower or piles of dirty dishes because your water heater decided to act up. Over time, your water heater will age and need to be replaced. Simple maintenance and knowledge will help you see warning signs or avoid premature repairs. Here are four signs that it likely time to replace your water heater:
One of the easiest ways to tell if your water heater is on the brink of failure is the temperature of water leaving your faucets and shower. If the temperature is cold and can only reach lukewarm temperatures at full heat, it’s probably time for a serious repair or replacement.
Another obvious sign of water heater problems is any leaking or pooling water around the base of the unit. Even minor moisture on or around the water heater should be taken seriously. In a worst-case scenario, a leaking water heater can result in extensive water damage or even explosion. If there is any question, turn off the power to your heater and call Reliance Plumbers immediately.
A little rust is not cause for alarm but if you notice rust or corrosion around the temperature and pressure relief valves and inlet outlet connections you may have a problem. Give us a call and we can give a free estimate before performing any work. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any rusty water leaks which could mean the inside of your tank is rusting.
As your tank ages, residue can build up at inside the base. If your water heater is making loud or irregular noises, it’s likely the sediment that has built up and is banging against the heater. This loud banging is often accompanied by leaking and a host of other problems.
To extend the lifetime of your water heater, it is strongly recommended that you perform regular maintenance checkups on your system. For more information, call Reliance Plumbing or schedule service online to have your water temperatures back to normal ASAP.