If you own a home, you will eventually need a new water heater, but how will you know it's time to replace it? The most obvious sign is no hot water, but ideally, you'd like to find out before that first cold shower!
Here are the top seven signs it may be time for a new water heater:
It's More Than Eight Years Old
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average life span of a traditional water heater is eight to 10 years. If your home is over eight years old, or if your water heater has not been replaced in the past 10 years, your water heater may be at risk of failing.
The more people who use hot water each day, the shorter the life expectancy of your water heater will be. Your plumber can tell you how old your water heater is and if you should consider replacing it.
Your Water Isn't Very Hot
If your water is not as hot as it once was even after you raise the thermostat on the water heater, or if it takes longer for your water to becomes hot, it may indicate that the heating element is failing.
Your Hot Water Is Muddy or Sandy
Rust or dirt in your hot water may mean that sediment has built up inside the tank of your water heater. Metallic flakes in your water or "muddy" water may mean your tank is breaking down on the inside.
Hot Water Has a Metallic Smell or Taste
Once rust and other sediment accumulate inside your water heater tank, it can affect the smell and taste of your hot water.
Your Water Heater Makes Noise
If you notice new sounds, such as loud cracking or popping coming from your water heater, the heating element may be breaking down.
You Have Multiple Repairs
Multiple smaller problems and repairs on a water heater may mean it is going to fail soon and can be a major warning sign that it's time to consider replacing it.
Your Water Heater Is Leaking
Call a licensed plumber immediately if you discover any moisture around your water heater. A small leak can become a flood very quickly if your water heater fails.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, you may need a new water heater. A licensed plumber can inspect your current water heater and let you know if now is the time to replace it. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.