If you are like most people, you are not aware of the most common signs that indicate water heater repair or replacement is necessary. This is understandable as most people do not spend their free time studying the nuances of water heaters. However, even a superficial awareness of the signs that indicate water heater repair/replacement will be necessary clues you into potential problems before they spiral out of control and prove egregiously expensive. Let’s take a look at the top signs that indicate your water heater requires repair or replacement.
Water heaters should make little noise or be silent. If your water heater is making loud noises or strange noises, it is cause for concern. Any type of rumbling, clanging or knocking indicates there might be sediment building up along the bottom of the unit, making it challenging for the system to operate in an efficient manner. If the sediment continues to accumulate, heating water will prove quite challenging and time consuming causing premature wear that leads to leaks.
If your hot water tank does not generate hot water or if the water does not retain the heat, it is reason for worry. It is possible the thermostat was not properly set. However, it is more likely that the tank’s heating element is not functioning as it should. The heating element often takes the form of a coil that is dependent on electric connections that have the potential to go bad. If the water heater is gas-powered, there is a chance its burner has gone bad.
Rust formation is an indication of corrosion. If you spot rust on or within your hot water tank, it is a sign a leak might soon form. Rust along the exterior of the unit by the water inlet is a clue rust is already present within the tank. Sadly, there is no single solution for this problem that will prevent it from recurring down the line. Replacement might be necessary unless you are willing the run the risk of a sizable leak causing water damage to your property.
Hot water should not move out from the tank for any reason. If you spot water pooling along the base of the tank or by the pipes that lead to the tank, reach out to our hot water heater specialists right away. The bottom line is the leak is unlikely to stop on its own so repair or replacement will be necessary. Fail to address the problem and the leak will likely cause extensive property damage and possibly result in the formation of harmful mold.
The average electric or gas-powered water heater lasts around a decade. However, there is the potential for water heaters to require replacement in as little as eight years or last all the way to year 12 or beyond. If you have a solar hot water heater or a tankless water heater, it might last two decades with proper maintenance. Do not wait until your water heater reaches its final year or final months to replace it. Be proactive, replace it when it nears the end of its useful life and you will rest easy knowing you won’t have to worry about a costly leak or other problem.
If your water heater needs maintenance, repair or replacement, lean on our team for prompt and comprehensive assistance. Our plumbing and air specialists are here to get your water heater back in working order without delay. Reach out to us as soon as you need assistance with your water heater. You can reach Excel Plumbing & Air by dialing 847-416-2736 or by filling out our online contact form.