There’s never a perfect time to install a new water heater, but it’s usually a little less inconvenient if it happens in the summer months! Going without hot water is not fun, therefore it’s best to be prepared and check your current water heater regularly for functionality.
But what are the tell-tale signs your water heater needs an upgrade? Have a look over the checklist below and if you say yes to any of the points, it may be time to consult a plumber about a new hot water system installation.
Signs of Rust and Corrosion
It’s a good idea to have the water heater checked regularly for signs of rust. If rust is running out of the taps in the water, this could mean your water heater is at its end. Make sure you check your pipes also, as the rust could be coming from these and you don’t want to replace a good water heater if these are the problem.
It’s Over Ten Years Old
It happens to us all but unfortunately as your water heater ages, its performance will decrease. A hot water system has a useful life of around 8 – 12 years depending on its quality and how it’s been maintained. Make sure you get it checked out and watch for signs of decay. You should prepare for a new water heater before a total breakdown occurs.
Water Runs Cold or Lukewarm
If you’re running the hot water and all of a sudden it runs cold, there’s a problem. You can try adjusting the thermostat and if that doesn’t work, your heating element could be damaged. This may mean your water heater is in need of a change, but check with a professional to get to the source of the problem.
Loud Noises When Water Heating Up
If your water heater makes a rumble and a groan when starting up, this could be a sign it’s coming to its end. A common cause is sediment building up around the heating element, causing the system to work less efficiently.
Leakage from Hot Water Tank
This can be caused by a few reasons including; rust, the pressure overflow pipe, a blocked drain valve or even manufacturing flaws. The best way is to get it checked out by a professional to establish the cause and see if the hot water system is savable or needs replacing.
A Metallic Taste and Smell from Hot Water
This could point to signs of corrosion on the inside of your hot water system. It could also mean the tank is rusting or the heating element is wearing away. These metal elements are not good for your health and you should look into getting a new water heater pronto.