Water heaters are important. And dangerous too! No, they don’t attack you, but if your water heater is failing and you don’t know it, you are putting your family and yourself at risk. People most times are not aware that their water heaters might be failing. But there are signs that you should watch out for if you want to avoid a catastrophe. Here a few things you should look out for:
- The age of your water heater
Like any other machine, your water heater also has an expiry date. First of all, you should check for the manufacturing date of your water heater. It is generally a serial number with a code showing the date. Most water heaters have a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is close to that kind of an age, it is time you start looking for a replacement, or at least start thinking about it. Of course, life expectancy also depends on location, design of your unit, installation quality, maintenance cycle, etc.
Water heater works with one thing which is primary reason for corrosion: water. So it is only natural you check for rust. One of the signs is when you see rusty water coming through it. Of course, it could be the pipe as well, but that is why you need to check. It’s also important to check for corrosion because it can lead to leakage or further damage in unit.
- Draining issues
It is recommended that you flush your water heater unit at least one to two times a year. It helps prevent sedimentation. But if you have not consistently done it, chances are that the sediment build-up has reached a point where resolving it is no longer an option. Sedimentation also reduces the efficiency of your water heater i.e. it will consume more electricity or gas (depending on what type of water heater you have) to heat the water. The only way it can be resolve now is by replacing your water heater unit.
- Rumbling or noisy
This is again related to sedimentation. If your water heater has sediment built up over a long period of time, it hardens. Once that happens, there is every chance you will hear rumbling or banging sounds, especially when the water heater is heating up. You should also keep an eye out for small leaks when you hear such noises.
- Water not being as hot or lukewarm or even cold
While all the signs mentioned above should be taken seriously, this one can be the most telling one. Why so? This can be caused due to the combination of all the above mentioned possibilities. From leakage to drainage issues, from rust to sedimentation, everything can cause the water heater’s inefficiency in heating your water adequately. Check for all the signs above and if you find any one of them, there is a huge possibility that your water heater is beyond repair, and it is time to replace it.