The availability of warm and running water is a vital necessity in every household. There are plenty of activities in the home that utilize water of varying warmth. It may be showers, baths, laundry, cooking, dish cleaning or the regular hand washing. All these activities place a demand on the water heater and in the long run, it may begin to show signs that it needs to be replaced. Despite the fact that even the best water heaters have a life span of about a decade, the usage strain or age of the water tank and heater takes a toll on them that they may eventually need to be replaced.
Sometimes you can prolong the life of your water heater through annual maintenance but in many cases a new tank will be needed to replace the new one if you occupy a residence for more than eight years.
It is therefore important as a homeowner to look out for the following signs as an indication that you may need a hot water heater replacement.
If your water heater is too old
While wine gets better with age, water heaters do not. Water heaters don’t last forever. There will come a time when you need to replace your water heater because it is simply too old to function. As a matter of fact, water heaters do have expiration dates but many homeowners are unaware of. Unfortunately, the ignorance can cause problems when the heater starts acting up due to old age. So, when you talk about old being gold, give an exception to your water heater.
Water heaters are limited to an average of eight to ten years. Ten is the best recommended time to replace a water heater. However, you may need to replace your water heaters at an earlier time than that. After ten years, you should replace your water heater whether it shows symptoms of replacement or not.
You should also consider that water heaters have varying life expectancy. For example, gas heaters last for six to eight years.
To correctly determine the age of your water heater, look at the serial number e.g. G061193740. The first letter is the code for the month of the year and the first numbers that follow the letter represent the last two digits of the specific year. So in the above example, the manufacturing date is September 2006.
Rusty water or heaters inlet/valve
Steel may be the strongest metal on earth but it is vulnerable to rust. When steel begins to corrode, it spreads to water pipes and tanks made of steel and that is a sure sign of leaks to come. The only problem is that it is difficult to tell whether the rust is coming from the water heater or the pipes leading to the faucet. Whichever the case, rust is an indication that you need to change your water heater.
Rusty water in the sink or bathtub shows that you have a rusty water heater. Rust around the water inlet or pressure valve on the heater shows that the rust has taken hold inside the tank. Rusty tap water shows rusty pipes.
Rust is especially inevitable for water heaters that are past their expiration date. Unfortunately, there is no remedy for a rusty water heater. You will need to replace it.
Noise from the heater
If you hear some noise from the tank, then you need to replace your water tank. The noises will continue to become louder and louder as the heater continues to age. The noise is even more pronounced in homes that consume large amounts of hot water. The noise can be attributed to:
- Sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. This is a sign that the tank is likely to leak in the future. Sediment build up wears down a water heater. You can stop the damage to your water heater by flushing the heater annually to drain the sediment
- A more serious problem. If after flushing your water heater the noise still remains, then the problem may not be sediment build up. Such a water heater is more likely to be on the verge of a crack or leak and needs to be changed immediately.
Water around the heater
Water appearing on the floor around the tank should tell you that the tank is leaking. Such leakages could lead to property damage. Water leaks result from:
- Expansion of the metal in the tank over time due to exposure of heating cycles. Such cycles cause a fracture which leaks the water. During a heating cycle, the metal expands thus causing water to leak through the fracture.
- Wrong fittings and connections to the tank which could be rectified by tightening and adjustments
- Faults in the tank itself which can only be rectified by changing the water heater.
A leaking water heater can lead to serious damages on your carpeting, furniture, books or even mold growing from the absorption of rotted water into floors and walls. You definitely need to replace a leaking water heater.
Water is no longer hot or adequately heated
Households need warm and hot water to run. Many activities require water at different levels of temperature. A loss of heat in the water supply is likely the result of:
- A mis-adjusted thermostat
- A broken heating element
- A tank too small compared to the size of your house
The first two problems can be easily rectified but for a tank too small for your house, you will need a new heater.
The failure of a water heater can set many homeowners off balance because there are so many uses of water in the homestead. There is no need to wait until it’s too late and your property has been damaged from water heater leaks. Just look out for these signs to know if it is time to change your hot water heater. Don’t wait. It may cost you too much if you do.
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