Whether you have a tank-less water heater or a tank water heater, the fact of the matter is eventually they will fail. That’s why we’ve put together a list of eight signs you may need a new water heater soon, to help you prepare for the inevitable. The reasons is even with proper yearly maintenance, most water heaters will last only eight to ten years. The good news is that most failing water heaters will show signs of the upcoming failure so that you can replace the water heater before you’re left in the cold!
Here are eight of the most common signs to be aware of:
- The Age of Your Water Heater – Because most water heaters last between 8-10 years, you should plan to replace your hot water heater before it actually goes out. This will save you from major inconvenience, emergency repair costs vs regular scheduled repair and it will allow you to shop around to find the best deal on hot water heaters. One added advantage to consider is that new hot water heaters will most likely be more energy efficient than your old water heater which in turn will save you money on future bills.
- Rust or Brown Colored Water – Have you noticed that when you first turn on the hot water you see a brown or rust colored tint in your water? There’s your sign! This sign typically indicates corrosion that may be eating through your hot water heater and it’s only a matter of time at this point.
- Strange Noises or Sounds – May we just say, this is NEVER good! If your hot water heater is making strange sounds such as banging noises or load pops, then there may very well be sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank which in turn causes your heater to not be energy efficient anymore – causing your bill to rise!
- No Hot Water – This doesn’t always mean you need a new hot water heater. This can be caused by a kicked circuit breaker or possibly your pilot light being out. If you’ve ruled those two items out, then it may be that your water heater has reached it’s useful life.
- Strange Smells or Taste – If your hot water smells metallic or tastes metallic, then that’s a sign that the water heater is breaking down and grit and flakes may be gathering in the inner tank and coming into contact with the water supply.
- Hot Water’s Not So Hot Anymore – If you haven’t recently lowered the thermostat on your hot water heater but noticed that your hot water isn’t as hot as it used to be, then your heating element may be burning out. The first thing to check is where your hot water heater thermostat is set at – check to make sure it’s set between 120-140 degrees. Anything lower will only provide warn water.
- Continued Repairs – Nobody ever wants to replace their hot water heater but if you are beginning to see a need for repairs, then you need to determine if it makes sense to keep repairing the old water heater that is soon to be needing to be replaced all together or simply save the repair costs and just get the new water heater now.
- Water Around Your Water Heater – This is probably the most clear sign that you heater will fail soon. However, before you replace your water, ensure the water leak is not coming from the connections or fittings to the tanks. While at it, ensure the pressure/temperature overflow pipe is dry, too. If the leak is coming from the tank, you should replace the tank as soon as possible because metal expands when heated, meaning the leak is likely to escalate quickly. At this point, it is worth noting that water leaks can easily damage the components of a tank less hot water heater, meaning you should address them as quickly as possible.
If you are experiencing any of these signs and want an honest opinion regarding your hot water heater repair or replacement, give us a call and we’ll steer you in the right direction.