3 Signs You Need A New Water Heater For Your Home
Your water heater is an essential component of your home, and plays a major role in the overall comfort and convenience that you and your family are able to enjoy on a daily basis. With that in mind, however, it is important to remember that your water heater's lifespan isn't infinite, and at some point, you are likely going to find yourself in need of a replacement. Aside from a total system breakdown, however, many homeowners aren't entirely sure of the signs that they need to be on the lookout for that might indicate their water heater is nearing the end of its useful life. To help ensure that you have the information you need to recognize when your old water heater is due for a replacement, our team of professional Los Angeles plumbers have taken the time to put together this short list that identifies a few of the more common signs that you can be on the lookout for that might indicate the time has come to invest in a new water heater for your home.
Your Unit Is Old
While what constitutes "old" can vary greatly from person to person, when it comes to your water heater, an older unit tends to be a unit that is 10 years old, or older. To find the age of your water heater, you are going to want to look for your unit's serial number on the manufacturer's sticker near the top. The first two number generally indicate the year in which your unit was manufactured, but some of these stickers can vary. It is always best to check your manufacturer's website, and if you determine that your water heater is older than 10 years, even if it is still performing correctly for now, it is probably a good idea to start looking at replacement options as opposed to waiting until your unit breaks down entirely.
If you notice that your water starts to take on a rusty hue whenever you have the hot water turned on, it could indicate that your tank is starting to rust on the inside, making it that much more likely for your tank to spring a leak in the coming future. To determine if the rust is coming from your tank, and not just from your plumbing lines, fill three or four five-gallon buckets or similar sized containers, switching between hot and cold water. If you find that the rusty color is only present in the buckets with hot water, then you can be fairly certain the issues lies with your older tank. If you do determine this rusty water is coming from your water heater, you are going to want to have it replaced as soon as possible.
Rumbling & Other Noises
As your water heater gets older, sediment will start to build up along the bottom of the tank, and as this sediment is heated and reheated over time, it will start to harden, wasting a great deal of energy and reducing the overall capacity of your tank. You can usually tell when you have a build up of sediment because your tank will likely start to produce banging or rumbling noises. This sediment is problematic as it will not only cause you to run out of hot water sooner, but the extra time it takes to heat your water as a result can lead to leaks, cracks, or holes forming in your water heater. If you hear any strange noises coming from your water heater, it is probably in your best interest to start looking at replacement options.