Signs You Need a New Water Heater
You don't want to find out you need a new water heater right before you step in the shower or you have to clean a sink full of dishes. That's why it's important to look out for these signs that you might need to replace your water heater soon.
The Age of the Unit
Just like every other appliance in your home, the older your water heater gets, the more likely it is to break down. If you're not sure how old your water heater is, you can check the manufacturer's serial number sticker. For most units, the first two numbers of the serial number represent the year the water heater was manufactured. If your unit is older than 10 years, it might be time for a replacement.
Not Enough Hot Water
The most common sign that a water heater is about to fail is that you don't get as much hot water as you used to. However, there are other reasons for not getting enough hot water. Sediment often accumulates in the bottom of the water heater, separating the water from the tank's heating source. Sometimes water heaters simply need to be drained and cleaned instead of replaced.
As metal heats, it expands. Any small cracks or fractures in your tank could cause a leak. However, when the metal begins to cool down, the leaking might stop. If you notice a pool of water under your water heater that seems to come and go, this could be the reason.
If you begin to notice rust in your hot water, it could mean your water heater is rusting on the inside and might start to leak soon. Additionally, you'll want to look for rust or corrosion around the pressure relief valves, temperature gauge, and inlet and outlet connections, which could be a sign of a small leak already starting.
Each time the sediment that builds up in a water heater tank warms up and cools down, it hardens and bangs against the inside of the tank. If you hear thumps or rumbling noises coming from your water heater, you know it's time to replace it because leaks or a complete breakdown won't be far behind.
Water Heater Replacement and Installation
Whether you need a new water heater because your current one isn't working anymore or you're simply interested in upgrading to a more energy-efficient model, it's best to leave water heater replacement and installation to the professionals at Heath's Air. Along with removing your old unit and safely disposing of it, we will also make sure that all of your electrical, gas, and other connections are properly hooked up to your new water heater.
We can handle all of your water heater installation needs. We can go over the differences between tankless and storage tank water heaters to help you decide which option is right for you. If your storage requirements or hot water usage has changed since the last time your water heater was replaced, we can also review the different sizes of water heaters to make sure you get one that will suit your needs.
Water Heater Leaks
A few small drops or a little trickle from your water heater might seem like a minor inconvenience, but if you ignore the issue, it could turn into a significant problem. A water heater leak could be a sign of several issues.
Possible causes of a water heater leak include the following:
• Loose hot and cold water inlet and outlet connections.
• A leaking drain valve.
• Broken temperature or pressure relief valves.
• Corrosion at the bottom of the tank.
Water Heater Maintenance
Just as your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to help it stay in top shape, your water heater needs maintenance to run safely and efficiently. Through regular water heater maintenance, we can catch small issues before they become larger, help prevent unexpected leaks, and extend the life of your water heater. The type of maintenance your water heater needs depends on the quality of your water and the manufacturer's recommendations, so it's important to contact our professionals to come up with your own maintenance schedule.
Whether you need a new water heater installed or you need a repair for your current water heater, you can use our convenient contact form to get in touch with the professionals at Heath's Air. We'll take care of all your water heater needs.