How old is your hot water heater? Most homeowners don’t know that typical residential water heaters only last about 10 years. If you seem to be having an issue with your water heater, it may sometimes be better to replace it rather than fix it, depending on how old it is! Not sure if it might be time for a new water heater? Check your water heater for these signs to see if it may be on it’s last leg!
Do you often hear weird noises coming from your water heater? Sounds such as popping, gurgling, or whistling are a pretty clear indication of an issue. These sounds can mean that water within the tank is boiling, or that sediment is burning! When you start hearing these sounds, your water heater is nearing the end of it’s life. Have a professional drain and clean the tank to remove mineral buildup, and make sure the temperature is not too high.
Signs of Leaking
When your tank starts leaking, you know the cause won’t be some small fix. For it to start leaking, it needs to have multiple parts failing. Attempting to repair those parts will likely cost more than the cost of a new heater. Additionally, you don’t want to risk major leaks or flooding in the future, which could cause thousands of dollars in water damage.
Is the hot water in your home anything other than clear? If the water is orange, or rust colored, this can be a sign of rusting withing the tank. Newer tanks are lined with a ceramic coating, but if yours is older, it may not be. You should have the water heater drained and inspected for damage. If you find rust inside, it is important to replace the tank ASAP. If you don’t find the rust within the tank, the discolored water may be coming from your pipes, which should also be checked ASAP.
If you notice any of these signs that you need a new water heater, call the experts at 1st Plumber to Call at (404) 758-6237 We repair and replace water heaters in Canton, GA and the surrounding areas!