As a homeowner, you never want to be caught with a completely broken water heater with no replacement on its way. It is essential to be on the lookout for the top signs that your water heater needs replacement so you can replace it before it ultimately fails you.
A common sign that your water heater has reached a point in time when replacement is needed is rust in the hot water. Rust in your hot water means that the inside of the tank is rusting which will lead to leaks.
Noises such as a loud rumbling can also indicate it may be time for a new one. As the water heater ages, sediment can begin to build, and that will be the cause of the noise. The sediment will take up room in the heater meaning you will have less hot water and the heater will be using more energy which will impact your energy bills. In addition to noise, if you notice your water if muddy or sandy it could be a sign of sediment build up.
There are more obvious signs that it is time for a replacement is water around the heater. When your water heater starts leaking, you will need to consider a quick replacement. Even small leaks can quickly turn into a major headache. If you fail to replace the heater when it is leaking, you are putting yourself at risk of additional costs such as repairing the floors from water damage or mold remediation.
Finally, just knowing the age of the water heater is a good indicator for when it will need to be replaced. If your water heater is older than 12 years, it would be wise to have it evaluated for a replacement. If you do not know the age, there should be a sticker from the manufacturer to look it up.
If you suspect your water heater if failing, you may want to have a professional come and take a look to confirm your suspicions. Also, having a professional regularly service your water heater will extend the life of your water heater. Our Austin plumbers offer the services you need when you need them most.
Please reach out to your local experts at S & D Plumbing.