You could be shocked at how easy it is to be unaware of your water heater’s age, or how hard it can be to recognize a problem before it creates a mess.
There are several pointers that you can use to monitor the condition of your water heater. You’ll want to be watching for them to keep your equipment in the best shape.
Here are five possible signs it may be time to replace your water heater in Oklahoma City.
1. It’s Starting to Demonstrate Its Age
Just like the other important appliances inside your house, your water heater has a defined life span. When it gets to the end, it will work much less efficiently and may be costlier to service than replacing it.
The usual water heater life span is approximately six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be in use for more than 10 years, because this may create pricey damage in your home if it leaks.
There’s always a potential for your water heater to run into issues before this time, so take note of anything that seems strange.
2. Rust is Starting to Show
Rust is often an indication your water heater needs to be examined. Rust is corrosive and could quickly move to other parts. This can create a leak or other issues. If you notice a bit on the tank or pipes, contact a licensed professional.
3. There’s No More Warm Water
If your water heater is struggling to heat water, that’s an apparent sign an upgrade is needed. Your heater may not be able to provide any hot water because of sediment accumulation. The tank volume may also be inadequate for the capacity of water your family uses.
This is especially true for larger households. The faster you run out of hot water, the more critical it is to think about getting a new water heater.
4. You’re Hearing Strange Noises
Your water heater will make some noise. If you notice clanging noises coming from the tank on a frequent basis, that may suggest a piece isn’t tight.
Strange sounds can also suggest there’s sediment building up on top of the tank’s base. Excessive buildup may make your water heater work harder and increase your utility costs as a result.
Listen closely if you start to note any unusual noises, and call us ASAP.
5. Unexpected Leaks
If you notice puddles or dark areas near your water heater, it’s a smart time to evaluate installing an updated unit ASAP.
These leaks are typically caused by small splits in the tank itself. The longer you put it off, the more likely you’ll have an emergency when the tank malfunctions. (You can avoid a messy tank malfunction later on by getting a tankless water heater, which doesn’t store water.)
Water damage is pricey to repair and a trouble you shouldn’t have to worry about.
If your water heater is , or in extreme need of expert repairs, turn to the Gordon's Service Experts pros at 405-432-2197. You could also set up an appointment by contacting us online.