Have you ever tried standing under your shower head and have the water burn you? Or have you experienced that the water is still ice cold even after heating it? If yes, then it is time to save some money for a new heater. Inconsistent water temperature is a sign that your water heater has had it. Aside from that, the following are the signs that your water heater should be replaced:
If your water heater is entering the pubescent stage, it is advisable to replace it with a new one. You can look at its age on the serial number of the manufacturer’s sticker found usually on the top part of the tank. A water heater’s lifespan is 10-15 years.
Rusty Coloured Water
If your heater is producing a rusty water (brown or yellow), it is best to replace it with a new heater. If you see that the rusty water comes from the piping of the hot side of the unit,this indicates that your water heater is corroded and may possibly leak soon.
The rust may come from the galvanised steel pipes that were utilised. If you really don’t want to replace your water heaters at home, here are some few things you can do to check your unit:
Try to drain a few gallons of hot water out of the heater. If you see that the water remains rusty, then most probably the reason behind it is the water heater itself and not the piping. If your water heater is producing brown or yellow water, it is a sign that your water heater is deteriorating and might cause a leak in the future.
Existence of Moisture Around the Water Heater
The moisture is a result of a fractured or leaking water tank. As the water heater heats up, the tank will normally expand. If there are existing fractures already, it will cause the tank to leak. Before you try to replace your heater, check first if the fittings and connections have leaks.
The most typical water temperature inside a tank is 115 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice that your water heater is not able to give the water temperature of your choice, then it is an indication that either the thermostat or the heater element is broken. Try to observe and set the desired temperature, afterwards, if it still provides you with inconsistent temperature,ask guidance to a professional plumber. If you are advised to replaced it, then don’t hesitate to do so because it is better to invest in a new water heater than spend your money for future repairs.
Usage and Water Quality
The quality of the water within your area plays a great role in the lifespan of your heater. The accumulation of the minerals within the tank can obstruct the lines of the unit. This situation affects the function of your water heater and its lifespan. If you are situated in anarea which uses hard water and has an old age water heater, it is best to replace the unit and ask some advice to the professional