Certain signs will notify you that the time has come to replace your water heater. Even the best water heaters won’t last forever and both usage strain and age of the tank will eventually lead to a replacement. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand these signs so that you know exactly when you have to replace your water heater.
If you’re not familiar with the signs, here are you can keep a lookout for:
- The age of your water heater. If it is old, you will have to replace it and there’s no way around it. Water heaters are not built to last forever and do come with an expiration date, but the problem is that most people are unaware of that date, which can lead to serious problems. Most water heaters last anywhere from eight to ten years and it is recommended that you don’t wait until the last minute to have it replaced. Once a decade has passed from its manufactured date, you should consider having it replaced.
- Visible symptoms. Noises, leaks and rust are all symptoms of a bad water pump and if you notice any of these things, your water heater needs to be replaced even if you’re still far from the expiration date. Certain symptoms need to be resolved right away and cannot wait until the ten year mark for a solution. For example, if you hear noises from the tank that get louder and louder as the tank heats up, it’s an indication that your current water heater is getting old and you must look into getting a new one.
- Rusty heater or water inlet valve. Rust is a serious problem that needs to be taken care of right away and when it comes to water pipes or tanks that are made of steel, rust is the enemy and any signs of it are a warning for oncoming leaks. Rust will not only spread, it will eat through the steel as well, which is why a replacement is mandatory. If you notice rust in the water running from your faucets or around the pressure relief valve on the heater, it’s time for a change.
- Water heater is not heating. Hot water is a necessity and a household cannot survive without it. A misadjusted thermostat, a broken heating element or a tank that is too small for your home are all possible causes of this issue and if your current tank is indeed too small for the size of your house, you will need a new heater. When the demands of your household increase, it can exceed the limits of your existing water heater and a new one is the only answer.
This is an issue that should be looked at by a professional and the technicians at DMA Gas Services have the skills and license to help with gas line installation, furnace repair and pool heater installation, so give them a call to learn more about their services today!