Your home’s water heater is one of those things you use every day but probably don’t think much about. It is vital for your morning and evening showers and your dishwashing, and if it stops working, your daily routine will become derailed in an instant. When that happens, it’s time to have it checked by a plumbing professional to determine if it can still be repaired or must be replaced with a new one.
In today’s blog, Calypso Plumbing Inc., your local tankless water heaters installation contractor, discusses the signs that it’s time to replace your current water heater.
Aging and Wear and Tear
A high-quality hot water tank can last between eight to 12 years as long as it was properly installed has been regularly maintained. You can tell it needs to be replaced as soon as possible if the hot water inside it is lukewarm or the tank’s interior has accumulated rust. Failing to address the latter issue will render the tank useless, resulting in a huge, costly mess.
Your water heater could be to blame for water discoloration. Check by turning on the cold water and then the hot water. If the former runs clear but the latter is discolored, you need to have the heater flushed out. If the plumbing pros recommend a replacement, consider tankless water heaters. They don’t hold nearly as much water because they only heat when needed. Plus, they last longer than water heaters with tanks, up to 20 years with proper care.
Weird noises are common in older homes, but you might have lived in one long enough to discern a regular sound against one that could indicate a problem. Your water heater could be the source of all those thumping, clunking and creaking noises. If so, then you must have it inspected immediately.