Water Heaters like all appliances have a lifespan. This lifespan depends on a few things such as maintenance and the quality of the unit. So how do tell when you need a new water heater?
4 things that indicate you might need a new water heater: rusty water, low water pressure low water capacity or leaks near the water heater.
Rusty water from your plumbing
If you notice rusty water, it is likely that your tank has corroded. Corrosion can be caused by acid in the water and mineral deposits from hard water or rusting pipes. If the corrosion builds up to a certain point, then the tank will become compromised which reduces its lifespan significantly. This type of damage cannot always be seen so using an anti-corrosion agent like Calgon Water Softener & Conditioner regularly should help reduce these types of problems if not prevent them altogether.
Low water pressure
If your water pressure has reduced dramatically, it can be a sign of your water heater showing its age. Low pressure might indicate that there is another problem with either old piping or clogs in fixtures and faucets as well as appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers etc...
A lack of capacity would most likely mean your water heater is built up with minerals and particulates from years of use.
Leaks near water heater
Water leaks near your water heater are an important sign that it is time for replace. This usually indicates internal failure.
If you see leaks, call a plumber to help inspect your water heater. Water heaters are connected to electricity and/or gas and must be handled very carefully.
You might also hear gurgling sounds coming from your pipes and toilet cisterns if you have an older type of tankless or electric water heaters which make those types of noises when they are releasing air to regulate their heating process. These noises can indicate that there is some sort of leak, clog, or other problem with these systems as well so it’s always best to get them checked out before any damage occurs.
Water heater making noise
If you hear strange noises coming from your water heating unit or plumbing, this may be a sign that the unit needs to be replaced. These sounds could signify certain problems, including:
- Corrosion from water inside or outside of the tank leaking onto metal parts and causing damage.
- Pipes clanging with vibrations as they shift due to defective insulation.
- The heat exchanger rusting out because there's not enough coolant circulating through it.
If you suspect your water heater is making noise, contact us today so we can inspect it for any possible leaks or other problems before these noises become serious issues!
If you are experiencing any of the above issues or others with your water heater, give us a call for a free consultation.
We are a local plumbing company who works with all types of water heaters (tankless & tank) from all major manufacturers.