Signs Your Water Heater is Failing

Having your water heater go out on you is an inconvenience no one wants to deal with, but eventually it will happen. Most people don’t know what signs to look for when a water heater is failing, so here are four ways to determine whether or not your water heater is on its last legs.

Old Water Heaters

You should be aware of how old your water heater is in order to know how close you are to needing a replacement. Usually the manufacturer’s sticker on the unit will tellsigns of a failing water heater you. It will show you the date the unit was made, but not in standard month/day/year format. Instead it will be embedded in the unit’s serial number – for example, in the serial number G062063749 the “G” represents the month (G is the seventh letter in the alphabet) and the next two digits “06” represent the year so the unit would have been made in July 2006. Some units may vary, so check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Water heaters typically last for 10 years or so, so if your water heater is more than 10 years old you should be on the lookout for further signs of deterioration. If your water heater is located in a place where leaks could do damage to your home, you might consider replacing it after 10 years before any further symptoms of failure appear.

Rust-Colored Water

Rusty water from your water heater’s hot side can be a sign the unit is rusting from the inside and about to develop a leak. Galvanized pipes can also rust, so it may not be your water heater causing the rusty water to appear. Test it by draining a few buckets of water out of the water heater. If you are still getting rusty water after a few buckets, the source is likely your water heater and not your pipes.

Rumbling Sounds

Sediment builds at the bottom of your water heater tank and hardens as it is heated and reheated over time. When the hardened sediment builds up enough, you will start to hear banging noises coming from your unit as it heats up signifying your water heater is near its end. The sediment build up will cause your unit to run less efficiently, exert more wear on the unit and cause it to develop holes and eventually leaks. You will want to replace your unit before these leaks occur.

Excess Water on the Floor

If you’re already noticing leaks on the floor around your unit, it has already fractured. The water could be from holes caused by sediment in the tank, but could also be caused by leaks from the fittings and other connections to the tank or the temperature/pressure overflow pipe could also be leaking. If there is no water leaking from these places, it is likely time to replace the water heater.

If you suspect you’re in need of a water heater replacement, call the experts as Reddi Plumbing at 316-847-4277 for a consultation.

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