Most of us don't realize how heavily we rely on our home’s water heater until we encounter an issue with it. Many important tasks that you complete throughout your day, including cooking, cleaning, and bathing, rely on a properly functioning water heater. Even still, many homeowners are unaware of how they will know when their water heater is experiencing issues, and many don't know the difference between the signs that can indicate water-heater failure, and the signs that indicate the need for water heater repair. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for in your home that can indicate looming water-heater problems. We'll explain how to know if you simply are in need of water-heater repair, or if you may need to have your water heater replaced.
Top Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repair
1. The hot water looks or smells weird.
One sign that can be a good indicator that your water heater is in need of routine maintenance is if you notice that the hot water that runs from your faucets is a dark rusty color, or that the water smells funny.
This can indicate that a large amount of sediment has accumulated at the bottom of your water heater’s tank and is causing this change in your hot water. This will require a professional to flush the sediment out of your water heater.
2. Insufficient hot water.
If you've noticed recently that you don't have as much hot water as you used to, and you're running out of hot water quickly, then it's likely that your water heater is in need of repairs. Many homeowners will worry that this lack of hot water is an indicator that their water heater needs to be replaced. However, this is not always the case. If your water heater is not very old, then it is more likely that this lack of hot water is due to a problem with your thermostat, or that sediment in your water heater is making your unit run less efficiently. However, if you have an older water heater and you have no hot water at all, then it is likely that you will need to consider having your water heater replaced.
Top Signs That You Need A New Water Heater
1. A leaking tank.
One of the most obvious signs that will indicate that your water heater is in need of replacement is if you notice standing water near the appliance, or if you can see a visible leak in the unit. A leaking tank on a water heater is not a problem that can be fixed easily, or in a cost-effective manner. Furthermore, attempting to repair and keep a leaking water heater could put you at risk of serious failure and flooding in the future. In circumstances like this, it is generally best to have a leaking water heater replaced before it causes further issues.
2. An aging unit.
Whether or not you have been encountering issues with your water heater, a good way to tell if you may need to have the unit replaced is by considering the age of the appliance. Generally, water heaters will last around 15 - 20 years. This means that if your water heater has reached or exceeded this age range, you will likely need to consider having it replaced in the near future, before you encounter further issues. If you are unsure of how old your water heater is, there is likely an install or manufactured date on the appliance, which will give you a better idea of the appliance’s age.
Knowing the signs that can indicate a problem with your water heater is important so that you can have the appliance repaired or replaced before it causes serious issues and damage in your home. However, these are just a few of the signs that can indicate a problem with your water heater. Contact us to find out about more of the signs that indicate that you may be in need of water-heater repair or replacement.