Is Your Water Heater About to Fail?

Man fixing the water heater

Insufficient hot water is not the only sign that you may need a new water heater. It is essential to keep an eye on other warning signs to avoid the trouble and damage to a failing unit. While you may not want to think about it, your water heater is eventually going to give up.

Whipple Service Champions, Salt Lake City water heater repair experts and plumbers, shares a few signs you should be aware of:

Age of the Unit

Determine the age of your water heater by looking for the serial number on the upper portion of the unit. Note that this is nothing like how dates are formulated. Consider the first two digits of the serial number, as these indicate the year (for example, 07 means 2007). Manufacturers, however, use different codes, so you should visit their site to learn more. You may want to consider a replacement if it’s already 10 years old.

Banging or Rambling Noise

Sediments will collect on the bottom of the unit, which will eventually harden when reheated. These can cause a rumbling noise, which may be a sign that the unit is reaching the end of its life. Hardened sediments in the tank can make the water heater less efficient, as it will require more electricity and gas to heat the water. It may then cause the components to become weaker and develop holes.

Rusty Water

The unit may be corroded or rusting away if you see rusty water coming out from it. If this is the case, leaks may follow. Before replacing, you may test the unit first by draining some buckets (five-gallon ones) of water. If the water from the third bucket is still rusty, it is likely that the unit itself and not the pipes are to blame.

Moisture the Around Unit

If you see some humidity surrounding the heater, there may be a fracture or leak in the tank. Leaks indicate unit trouble, which requires replacement. Failure to replace it immediately can flood your home. When changing the unit, it is important to make sure that there are no leaks in fittings, tank connection, and pressure overflow pipe.

For a thorough evaluation, it is best to call a plumber or water heater expert. Don’t ignore if you notice the signs mentioned above.