You should not wait for a plumbing catastrophe to get help with your water heater. Many homeowners have no idea how to tell if their plumbing equipment is nearing the end of its lifespan, but there are a few signs you can watch for. These signs include the age of your tank, if you have rusty water, if you hear strange noises, and if there is liquid around the heater itself.
Is your water heater getting old?
It is important for homeowners to know the age of their water heaters. To find the age, check for a serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. This number will contain the date the equipment was manufactured. Most water heaters last about ten years. This equipment can last longer, but you may consider replacement around this age depending on its performance. If your heater is in an area that will not be damaged from a leak, you could wait until it develops one before replacement. Keep in mind that it is better to replace a water heater before a complete failure.
Is rusty water coming from your tank? This may be a sign that your tank is rusting on the inside and may soon begin to leak. If you have galvanized piping, it is also possible that your pipes are the cause of the rust. A simple test can help you avoid replacing your water heater if it is found to be functioning well. To test where the rust is coming from, drain a few five-gallon buckets of hot water out of the tank. If the water is still coming out rusty by the third bucket, the problem is likely in the equipment, not the plumbing pipes.
As your water heater grows older, sediment will build up on the bottom. When the sediment heats up, cools down, and heats up again, it will eventually harden. This problem may cause banging, popping, or rattling sounds when the tank is heating. These noises indicate that it is time to replace your water heater. A layer of sediment will cause a loss of efficiency and damage the tank, which will eventually cause a leak.
Liquid around the equipment
If there is moisture around your tank, you may have a leak or fracture. When the metal heats, it expands, and if there are fractures in the metal, water can leak from the tank. The inner tank will stop leaking once the metal has cooled. You will want to ensure there aren’t any other leaks coming from the fittings or connections before replacing the tank. You should also be sure the pressure overflow pipe is not what is leaking. If everything else is dry and there are no other leaks, it is time to replace your water heater.
If you think it may be time to replace your water heater, contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. Cole’s Plumbing uses the best and most up-to-date technologies to diagnose and repair your plumbing system. Our plumbing experts provide the best Services in the Texas Panhandle. Call us today at (806) 367-5159 or Contact Us by email to learn more about how we can help you.