No one likes to get up in the morning to no hot water. Whether you were running a shower or in the middle of shaving your face, it really puts a damper on the day. Water heaters do eventually go out, typically having a life expectancy of 8-10 years. Having this in mind, it is wise to keep up with maintenance and replace your water heater before you are left out in the cold (water). When it comes to water heater repair and maintenance, it is often wise to leave it to trained professionals to save yourself hassle and hazard.
Signs that Your Water Heater is About to Go Out
As well trained as we are, we are not in your home day in and day out. That’s why it is important for you to be able to recognize a water heater that is about to stop working. Here are a few things to look out for:
- tank corrosion – made of metal and filled with water? Your tank is eventually going to rust. The first indication of this is yellow or rust colored water.
- clogged drain – sediment will collect over the years at the bottom of your water heated, clogging the drain valve.
- leaking – unfortunately, leaking is an indication of an internal tank problem which can rarely be fixed.
Identifying a potential problem is the first step to keeping your water hot. If you do have a concern about the condition of your water heater, please feel free to contact us with questions about your concern. We can take a look and assess the situation, give you a quote if repair is possible, and talk through your options if a replacement is necessary.
By Tim Smith
Published: December 19, 2016