4 Signs Your Water Heater is About to Fail

Homeowners are afraid that the day would come when their water heater stops working, and sometimes when this does happen there are no warning signs and it may happen at an inappropriate time. The truth is there are actual signs that your water heater is failing if you know where and what to look out for.

Below are 4 possible early signs from Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning that can help you determine if your heater is breaking down:

The Age of Your Water Heater

Do you have any idea how old your heater is? To check for the age of your heater, check the serial number of manufacturer’s sticker. The serial number will show the date the water heater was manufactured. The serial number will start with a letter which represents a month and a number, which will represent the year of manufacture. If you are having trouble with the serial number and in determining the date, you can always check the website of the manufacturer. If your water heater is almost 10 years old, then it is recommended that you replace it before you incur damages.

You notice rusty water

If you notice the water is rusty, it is can be a sign that you need to have your water heater replaced. If rusty water comes from your home’s hot side piping, your water heater may be rusting from the inside and may start leaking in the future. If your pipes are galvanized, the pipes could be the source of the rusty water. To check this, you can try to drain buckets of hot water and if the third bucket still has rusty water then it time to consider having your water heater replaced.

Noise or Rumbling  

Water heater tends to accumulate sediments as they age, and these sediments will harden at the tank’s bottom portion. These sediments will create banging noises as the water heats up due to the extra work it has to do to heat the water through the sediments. If you notice unnecessary noises and banging, consider replacing your water heater for it is beginning to wear and is also inefficient.

Inspect for water

Check for any moisture surrounding your heater, for this can be a sign that your heater is leaking. Leaking or fracture is a clear sign that your water heater needs to be replaced to avoid further damage. Your home could get flooded if you don’t replace a leaking water heater.

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