The Top Five Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

The Top Five Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

People rarely think about their water heaters until they stop working. A broken water heater not only means no hot water for bathing, washing and doing dishes, but it can also lead to floods and costly remediation. That is why you should replace your water heater before any problems appear.

The Top Five Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

1. The Age of Your Water Heater: If you don’t remember the last time you replaced your water heater, it may be time. Most residential water heaters last between ten and fifteen years. Units older than fifteen years usually have an excessive buildup of sediment and are prone to leaking. You can check when your water heater was manufactured by looking at the serial number on your unit. Most serial numbers start with a letter which represents the month. The next two numbers after the letter are the last two digits of the year your unit was made. Therefore, a water heater with a serial number starting with C12 was manufactured in March of 2012.

2. Puddles of Water Around the Base of Your Water Heater: First, check the pipes connecting to your unit and make sure they are not the source of the leak. If they are fine, then your tank is leaking. Even a small, slow leak in your tank is a good indicator that you should call a professional plumber. Professionals may be able to repair a minor leak, but you should still consider replacing your water heater immediately to avoid future problems.

If you don't remember the last time you replaced your water heater, it may be time. Most residential water heaters last between ten and fifteen years. Units older than fifteen years usually have an excessive buildup of sediment and are prone to leaking.

3. Off color, Taste or Smell: When you turn on your hot water tap and the water appears reddish-brown, has off smells or tastes metallic, it’s a sign that the metal from the interior tank of your unit is flaking off. This is a dangerous situation which you can fix by installing a new water heater.

4. Loud Noises Coming From Your Water Heater: A knocking or rumbling sound coming from your water heater is most likely the result of sediment in your tank which has hardened over time. Once hardened, it is very difficult to remove from your unit. Besides being annoying to hear, hardened sediment makes your unit less efficient at heating water, costing you more money. Also, the hardened sediment can rupture your tank and cause leaking.

5. Your Water Heater is Just Not Adequate for Your Home: Have you noticed you are running out of hot water more often? Maybe your family has grown and there doesn’t seem to be enough hot water to go around. It may be time to update your water heater.

The plumbers at Big B’s Plumbing in Murrieta are pros at installing and servicing water heaters. Whether you need residential or commercial plumbing services, call 951-719-4507 to schedule an appointment today.

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