A good, well-maintained, traditional water heater can last as long as 12 years, and a tankless heater can last as long as 20. Eventually, both come to the end of their lifespans. With this in mind, it is important for you to know if your water heater may be on the fritz. Few things are as uncomfortable as when the hot water suddenly breaks beyond repair, and you have to scramble for money to pay for and install a new one. Here are some ways to tell if your water heater is failing.
Leaks are the result of too much pressure building up inside the tank and must be considered an emergency. The tank must be replaced right away, or it might rupture. Leaks are easy to see as they appear as puddles around the tank or as corrosion on the tank caused by escaping water. Call our plumbers at Parobek at once if your water heater is leaking.
One of the first signs that there’s something really wrong with the water heater is an energy or utility bill that is unusually high. This happens even though you haven’t been using more hot water than usual. If this is happening, have a professional come and check out your water heater.
If the water heater makes knocking or rumbling sounds, it may have a buildup of sediment. The sediment eventually hardens and moves all around the tank, causing the knocking. Eventually, the sediment shortens the water heater’s working life. One tip is to make sure that you flush your heater now and then to remove the sediment.
Water that is rust-colored and has a metallic taste can mean that the tank is rusting and needs to be replaced soon. It can also mean that the anode rod, which is supposed to draw sediment to it, is spent and needs to be replaced. Cloudy water is also a sign that there’s sediment in the tank. Our plumbers can tell you whether there’s a problem with the sacrificial anode or the tank itself.
If your water heater doesn’t produce hot water, that’s a signal that the heating element is broken, and the unit may need to be replaced.
It’s important to replace your heater before it stops working altogether and certainly before it explodes. This makes sure that your supply of hot water is uninterrupted, and you won’t have to deal with a flood and other damage.
Whether you love to visit the Historical Society or cool off in Lake Bastrop on a hot day, Bastrop is a great place to work and play. Don’t let yourself be without hot water for a moment because your water heater is on the fritz. Give us a call at Parobek Plumbing today.