4 Signs a Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

Water Heater Replacement

A water heater is an essential part of any home. Most people expect that when they turn the nozzle in their sinks, bathtubs and washing machines, they will find a load of warm water available to them. But if your water heater is on its way out, you may soon find a day that the hot water runs out. Here are four signs that your water heater may need to be replaced.

Tip #1 – It’s Old

Most water heaters will last between eight to ten years. If you are not sure how old your water heater is, please check the serial number. The first few digits should give you a date of when it was made. If the serial number starts with a letter, the letter corresponds to the number in the alphabet, and that number shows the month. For example, if your serial number begins with a G; G is the 7th letter correlating to the 7th month of July. The following letters will show the year. You can also check with the manufacturer to see when your water heater’s serial number was made.

Tip #2 – Rust

Sometimes it is hard to know if your water heater is what is causing rust in your water. If you also have galvanized pipes, that could also be the culprit. We recommend gathering a few large buckets of hot water to drain your water heater. If the third bucket still has rust in it, you most likely have rust in your water heater, and it will need to be replaced.

Tip #3 – It’s Making Noises

If your water heater is continually making noises, you could potentially have a problem on your hands. As water is heated over and over again, some sediments can build along the bottom of your water heater. This build-up can lead to a nonefficient machine, and your water heater needs to work harder each time it is called on to work. It can also lead to damage of the material that can ultimately lead to a leak. We recommend getting your water heater flushed yearly to help prevent build-up and to keep your water heater working at its most efficient.

Tip #3 – It’s Leaking

If you are noticing water around your water heater, it is most likely coming from a leak in your tank. Because leaks can lead to some severe damage to your property, it is our suggestion to call a plumber as soon as possible. You will not want to pay for the accident as well as a new water heater all at the same time.

If you think that your water heater may be on its way out, but want a professional opinion. Please call us at Pipe it Right. We would love to take a look and walk you through all of your options. 1-833-474-7348

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