How do you know when it’s time to replace your water heater?
One common concern for homeowners is the thought of their water heater failing and leaving them with a flood to clean up.
There are a few signs that can help you determine if it is time for a service call or a replacement of your water heater:
The AGE of your water heater is important to know since the life expectancy for a family of four is typically seven to ten years. You can generally find the date it was manufactured on the unit or you can check the age using the serial number.
If your WATER TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATES and you are unable to maintain a constant temperature, your water heater may be approaching the end of its lifespan. The ideal temperature for your water heater should be between 120 and 140 degrees.
Inspect the area around your water heater for moisture or LEAKS. Small leaks generally will increase over time and large amounts of water are a definite sign that it is time for a replacement.
Water heaters develop sediment build-up. These sediments harden and can create a banging or rumbling NOISE as the water heats. These sediments can also create cracks. If you hear noise, it is good to check for signs of small leaks.
If the COLOR of your hot water looks rusty and remains so, it could mean your system is rusting on the inside. Periodically draining water from the heater provides a way to check for rust and also remove sediment from the bottom of your water heater to extend its life.
Ben Manis Plumbing can help you with your water heater repair or replacement along with any other plumbing needs.
If you need to schedule an emergency appointment, please call us at 267-627-2756; we provide 24-hour service for emergencies.
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