Like any other home appliance, water heaters don’t last forever. One day you might be shocked to step into a cold shower, signaling that your water heater has reached the end of its life. In other cases, the appliance might die a slow (and expensive) death. If you notice any of these signs, particularly if you notice several of them, it is probably time to consider replacing your old water heater.
Your water heater is old. Most water heaters last between 10 and 15 years. If yours is older than that, or you don’t know how old it is, then your water heater’s days might be numbered.
You don’t have hot water. This is the most obvious sign of a broken water heater. It’s possible that you’ve simply lost power to the water heater, or the pilot light is out (in gas heaters). But sometimes the whole water heater needs to be replaced.
You have warm water, but it isn’t hot. The heating element might be near the end of its lifespan.
You have hot water, but it smells funny. A metallic smell or taste is a sign that the heater is breaking down. You might even see grit and flakes from the tank in your water.
Your water heater is noisy. Loud cracks and pops can indicate mineral build-up on the heating elements.
You see rust in your water. If water coming from the tap is red or brown, it might be because of rust build-up in the water heater.
Your water looks muddy or sandy. Aside from rust, sediment can also build up in your water heater. Sometimes we can simply drain the heater and remove rust, but other times the sediment has damaged the heater too much.
The water heater is leaking. This is often a sign that the inner tank is worn out. Once a slow leak develops, it won’t be long before you have a major leak and even a small flood on your hands.
You’ve had to repair it several times. At some point, it doesn’t make sense to continue repairing an old water heater. Since it needs to be replaced soon anyway, it’s probably not a good idea to continue pouring money into a very old water heater.
Replacing your water heater doesn’t have to be a huge hassle. In fact, an upgrade to a new appliance can actually improve your quality of life. Give us a call, and we’ll give you a quote on replacing your water heater.