Could Your Water Heater Need To Be Replaced? Here's How You Can Check

According to the U. S. Department of Energy, a hot water heater should last between 10 to 15 years. It can depend on many factors, including how well the unit is maintained. It is essential to observe the warning signs the heater is telling you because they are probably indications the unit needs to be replaced. It is advisable to check for the simplest problems first.

Don't Panic

You may not have any hot water, but it doesn't necessarily mean your heater needs to be replaced. Before you go any further, check the circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. You might also need to check the pilot light to be sure it hasn't gone out. If those are okay, you will have to do some more searching.

Does The Water Has a Bad Taste or Smell?

The hot water tank has an anode rod composed of zinc, magnesium, or aluminum. It is meant to protect the water tank's lining from rusting. The rod is on top of the water heater and will usually last for 4 or 5 years, according to how much hot water you use. If this rod isn't replaced, the unit will probably deteriorate.

Is The Water Muddy or Cloudy?

If your hot water doesn't look right and the tank isn't very old, it could also mean you have corroded galvanized iron pipes that need replacement. Sediment can collect in the bottom of the tank. You could empty the tank to remove it, but it is also a bad sign. However, if the cold water isn't cloudy; you probably need to consider the heater is beginning to fail.

Is It Making Weird Noises?

A layer of sediment/minerals (calcium is common) could be in the bottom of the tank. Its appearance is similar to sand and it's acting like an insulation, resulting in longer running times to heat your water. Not only are you spending more money on higher energy bills, but the additional heating of water can overheat the metal tank. This will cause it to corrode and lead to leaks. It is advisable to have a professional check the problem.

Is Water Leaking Out Of It?

If you notice a new leak around the water heater, in many cases, means the internal components have gone bad. It could be a drip from the heater's drain valve that is used to release pressure when the temperatures are too high. If this isn't repaired, it could cause the unit to explode.

These are just a few of the common issues involved with the deterioration of a hot water heater. It is an essential appliance for any home, and with proper maintenance, the unit can last for many years.  For more tips, contact a company like Drain-A-Way Inc.