When your hot water heater goes on the fritz it can cost you a lot of money, especially since there is no way of knowing when it is about to fail. Well, except for the fact that there are signs you can look for to know if your water heater is on its last legs.
Keep an eye open for these signs before you find yourself in dire need of a Gilbert plumber:
Age Means A Lot
You can find the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number on the manufacturers sticker. If you find it difficult to read the date in this serial code, you can look up your water heater online to decode the date. Once you figure out the age of your heater you can establish the risk of failure. Water heaters over 10 years old are in need of being replaced.
If there is rusty water pouring from your taps when you are trying to get hot water, there is a good chance that your hot water heater is beginning to rust, which means it is only a matter of time before it starts to leak.
Rumbles and Grumbles
The older your water heater is the more sediment will be built up at the bottom of your tank, and as this sediment is continuously heated and reheated it will begin to harden. You will be able to tell that this is happening because your water heater will begin to make rather unpleasant sounds. Rumbles, and banging sounds will be heard as the heater begins heating up, and this is a sure sign that you will want to get your hot water heater replaced.
Signs of Leakage
If you find build up of moisture, or water around the area of your hot water heater may mean that there is a crack in your tank. These leaks or fractures can occur over time as the metal of the tank is heated and cooled continuously over a decade.