Waking up in the dead of winter only to step into your shower with cold water running isn’t the ideal way to wake up. Just like any other appliance, hot water heaters need to be replaced over time and failure to do so can cause water damage to your home among other issues. The average water heater lasts between 10-15 years and if yours is around this old, or even older, it might be time to replace your system before you run into any major problems.
Rust & Corrosion
Your water heater will eventually begin to rust and corrod as it ages, especially around the temperature and pressure relieve value or the water inlet/outlet connections. These areas corrode from mineral deposits in water settling on the pipe fittings when water leaks out of them. This is considered a slow leak and is a repair that should be done sooner rather than later to avoid larger problems.
Issues with the dip tube inside the tank, heating element, or even electric thermostat can cause water to be lukewarm or even cold. These types of issues start to occur over time and more so when your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan. If you’re experiencing lukewarm or cold water, it’s best to have your system looked over by a professional before spending money on a water heater replacement when it could be a simple repair.
If you’ve noticed your water heater making strange or rumbling noises, it’s time to replace it. Over time sediment builds up at the bottom of your water heater, hardening and banging against the tank when the unit is on. To expand the lifespan of your water heater and reduce the amount of sediment build-up, schedule regular maintenance appointments with a professional.
When your water heater rusts on the inside and around important valves, it can cause the water in your home to be rusty and dirty in color. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair a tank once it begins to rust on the inside and eventually it will turn into a leak so it’s best to replace it before any further problems arise.
Water Pooling Around the Water Heater
If you notice moisture or puddles of water on the ground around your water heater, it is most likely coming from a crack or leak inside the tank that need to be repaired or the entire tank might need to be replaced.
If you notice any of these signs, call A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (603) 518-5777 to make your hot water heater repair or replacement.