We use hot and cold water in our homes every day without thinking twice. But imagine how inconvenient it would be to have no choice but a cold shower or lukewarm bath? And let’s not forget the dirty dishes that would pile up outside your dishwasher because your water heater isn’t functioning properly. Water heaters age and will need to be replaced over time, but simple maintenance and knowledge will help you see warning signs or avoid premature repairs. Here are four signs that it likely time to replace your water heater:
As your water heater tank ages, residue can build up at inside the base. If your water heater is making loud or irregular noises, it’s likely the sediment that has built up and is banging against the heater. This loud banging is often accompanied by leaking and a host of other problems.
One of the easiest ways to tell if your water heater is failing is the temperature of water leaving your sink faucets and shower heads. If the temperature is cold and can only reach lukewarm temperatures at full heat, it’s probably time for a serious repair or replacement.
Another obvious sign of water heater problems is any leaking or pooling water around the base of the unit. Even minor moisture on or around the water heater should be taken seriously. In a worst-case scenario, a leaking water heater can result in extensive water damage or even explosion. If there is any question, turn off the power to your heater and call Catons immediately.
Rust and Corrosion
A little rust is not cause for alarm but if you notice rust or corrosion around the temperature and pressure relief valves and inlet outlet connections you may have a problem. Give us a call and we can give a free estimate before performing any work. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any rusty water leaks which could mean the inside of your tank is rusting.
To extend the lifetime of your water heater, it is strongly recommended that you perform regular maintenance checkups on your system. For more information, call Catons or schedule service online to have your water temperatures back to normal ASAP.