5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater
As long as it’s functioning well, you tend not to concern yourself about your water heater. The day it breaks down, however, it’s another story. When there’s no more hot water for showers, washing clothes or doing dishes, you realize just how much you rely on this appliance.
And while it’s an inconvenience to be left without hot water, this may be the least of your problems if the water heater is leaking or, even worse, has suddenly burst and has left you with costly water damage.
Here are some reliable ways to know it’s time to replace your water heater.
1. It’s old
Like all appliances, water heaters have a lifespan. On average they last eight to 12 years. If the age of your water heater is in this range, it’s a good idea to have it looked at by a plumbing professional.
2. It leaks
You won’t be surprised to learn that if your water heater is leaking, you have a problem on your hands. The metal in your water heater contracts and expands because of heat; as the appliance ages, the metal sometimes begins to crack. In such cases a new water heater is usually required. Even if it’s only a slight leak, you’re going to want to nip this problem in the bud, as it can only get worse; the crack can grow to the point where water gushes out of the appliance.
3. The water is cold
This one won’t be a surprise either: if your water heater is no longer adequately heating your water, you know there’s an issue. It’s likely a problem with the appliance’s internal devices. Sometimes a simple repair does the trick; other times, replacement is necessary.
4. The water is discoloured
If your water is tinted or rust-coloured, this is a good sign that your water heater needs some attention. But the first thing to do is to check that the water heater is the problem. Inspect both the hot water and the cold water. If the cold water is the same colour, the discolouration is likely due to a different plumbing problem, which you will need to have your plumber come in to diagnose. If just the hot water is discoloured, you know that the water heater is the issue.
If you have this problem, you can begin by getting a plumbing professional to flush out your water heater and seeing if this resolves the issue. If, after having done this, the water remains discoloured, you’ll probably have to replace the appliance.
5. It makes strange noises
If there are rumbling or banging noises coming from your water heater, this is another sign that the appliance is past its prime. In dealing with this problem, before anything you might want to—again—have a professional flush out your water heater. If this doesn’t resolve the problem a water heater replacement is probably in order.
The professionals at Randall Plumbing in Winnipeg provide the highest-level of service when it comes to maintaining your hot water tank or helping you find the most suitable replacement. For exceptional plumbing service in Winnipeg, contact us today!