When Do You Need to Change Your Water Heater?
A deteriorating water heater isn’t an issue until you take your first icy cold shower. Now comes the big question: repair or replace? How do you know if your water heater is just acting up or burned out for good? Take a look at a few tips below to determine when you need to call Hansen’s Plumbing.
Changing your water heater is definitely something you don’t want to wait too long to do, as costly water damage can occur. Here are some signs to look for to determine if your water heater needs to be replaced.
As a rule of thumb, water heaters should be changed every 6 to 12 years. After this point it can begin having issues and start deteriorating. To avoid costly water damage, be sure to observe the signs below so you will know when to call Hansen’s Plumbing to change out your water heater.
One of the most obvious signs is when you turn on your shower and the water doesn’t get warm. Cold water is the first sign that something is wrong. If it’s an old unit, most likely you need to change it out.
Most people assume their water heater is working fine until they experience cold water. Yet, age is not the only sign that it needs to be replaced. Your water heater could be older and still work perfectly fine. It’s important to pay attention to signs that your heater is deteriorating such as leaks and a rusty color.
If your hot water is a rusty color, this is a clear warning sign that your water heater is corroding and needs to be replaced. When your tank rusts, the rust gets into the water and turns it a dirty brownish color. Yet, this also could be an issue with the public water supply or corroding iron plumbing. To test this, simply turn on the cold water. If it is the same rusty color then, most likely it’s due to an external factor.
If your tank is leaking, it’s an obvious sign that it’s time to get your water heater replaced as soon as possible to avoid water damage. Because it is usually an internal issue, it is rarely fixable and is best to replace.
If it isn’t flushed once a year, sediment builds up inside and this will eventually result in irreversible damage. When it reaches the point where water won’t drain then it can’t be repaired and will need to be replaced.
Once a year, having the heater tank flushed to remove sediment will help it last longer. Another thing to check is the anode rod. This collects corrosive elements and should be checked about every three years and replaced if needed.