Taking a cold shower first thing in the morning is the pits. But if your water heater stops working, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. Instead of being surprised with a blast of icy water, learn the signs that you need a water heater replacement.
Water Heater Lifespan
Even the most expensive electric water heaters have a life span of only a decade while gas water heaters last between six and eight years. You can determine the heater’s age by looking at the serial number. The second two numbers represent the year it was manufactured.
Regular maintenance can prolong the life of a water heater, but water heaters will eventually need to be replaced. If your unit is nearing ten years of age, contact a Tucson plumber for a water heater inspection.
Rusty Water or Valves
Rust is a sign your water heater needs to be replaced. If you notice the hot water coming from your faucets looks yellow or brown in color, it’s likely a sign the tank’s interior is rusted. A residential plumbing expert can determine whether the actual unit is rusted or if your pipes are causing the problem. Even if your water isn’t rusty, your tank may be if you see rust around the water inlet or pressure relief valve.
Noise and Knocking
Water heaters shouldn’t make much noise. If you hear rumbling while the unit is heating water, you will probably need a replacement very soon. Sediment buildup on the floor of the tank usually causes the noise. It also causes water to heat less efficiently and shorten the lifespan of the unit. A residential plumber in Tucson should flush the heater annually to prevent sediment buildup.
Water Heater Leaks
If you see water on the floor around the tank, it’s a sure-fire sign your unit needs to be replaced. Over many years of heating, leaks and fractures in the metal occur. These lead to leaks. Depending on where your water heater is located, your home could suffer significant damage as a result of the leak. If you notice even a small amount of water near your heater, contact emergency plumbing services.
No Hot Water Supply
Not having hot water is a definite signal that something is wrong. The problem could lie with the heating element or the thermostat. Alternatively, your water heater may not be large enough to serve your home’s needs. A thermostat or heating element can usually be repaired. If your heater can’t keep up with your family’s need for hot water, you will need a replacement.
Home Plumbing Repairs
Preventative maintenance will keep your water heater for your home or business working correctly and help you avoid emergency plumbing services. If you do need your unit serviced or replaced, contact our experienced team for assistance. We’re available 24/7 to meet Tucson homeowner’s residential plumbing needs.