Are you worried that your hot water heater might be due for a replacement? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Today we will discuss a few ways you can determine if your hot water heater is in need of replacement!
First Things First
Do you know how old your water heater is? This is the first thing to consider, before looking into anything else. The average water heater only lasts for about 10 years, so if it is older than that, then you are likely going to have to replace it ASAP. If it is over 8 years old, you may save hassle and money by switching to a more efficient model now, before your current water heater fails. If your water heater isn’t that old, check out these indications of water heater failure.
If your water heater is making sounds such as gurgling, whistling, knocking, popping, etc, this isn’t normal. In areas with hard water, it is common for sediment and minerals to build up in the tank, and these can end up forming what are essentially rocks clunking around in the tank. Other sounds can be explained by sediment burning in the tank, or even water boiling in the tank, which can be quite dangerous. Immediately drain the tank and make sure the temperature is set appropriately.
Rust-colored water comes from, you guessed it, RUST! If you are seeing rust in only your hot water, that rust is probably coming from the water heater, and your water heater will need to be replaced. If the rust color comes out of hot and cold water sources, yo may have aging pipes, so call a plumber to be sure.
If your water heater ever leaks, replace it. Water heater leak repair is not only expensive, but also not particularly effective. It is safer, smarter, and cheaper in the long run to simply replace it with an upgraded water heater.