Water heaters can last a long time, but eventually they do need replaced. Most people don’t know their water heater is close to dying and won’t have a clue until they are taking ice cold showers. Here are some indicators of when it’s time to get a new one:
Homeowners can find out the age of their water heater by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. It contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. If the water heater is more than 10 years old, it will probably need to be replaced soon.
If homeowners are noticing rusty water when they turn on the hot water, the water heater could be starting to rust inside. If this begins to happen, the water heater is likely to begin leaking soon. However, if the home has galvanized piping, that could be the source of the rusty water. It’s best to have both inspected by a plumber to determine the source of the rust.
Over time, water heaters will have sediment gather at the bottom of the tank. As the sediment is heated and reheated, it will harden. This causes a rumbling or banging noise when the water heater is trying to heat up. This is a sign that it needs replaced soon.
If the hot water tank has developed a crack or leak, there will be moisture around the water heater. Leaks could also be coming from fittings and connections to the tank, so those should be checked as well. If there is nothing wrong with them, it’s probably time to pick out a new water heater.
All Star Plumbing and Restoration can help when a water heater is on its last leg. They offer high efficiency water heaters to help homeowners reduce energy costs as well. With their 24/7 emergency services, homeowners can rest assured their water heater troubles will be fixed in no time.