You jump in the shower and fire it up for some relaxation. But you are rudely interrupted when two minutes in the water is cold. Chances are your water heat needs to be replaced.
Nobody likes to be the recipient of an unintended cold shower. How can you spot a potential failure before your water heater needs to be replaced? Watch for signs.
Age Is a Factor
The quickest way to know whether a water heater is heading towards a failure is to know its age. Now, this isn't always easy, especially if you rent or buy a home with a preexisting heater.
A water heater that is nearing or over ten years of age is approaching replacement. You can determine your water heater's age with a quick inspection, and here's how:
- Access the water heater and look for the serial number on the manufacturer's sticker. It should be located on the upper portion of the heater.
- The heater's creation date is found in the serial number. You can use The Inspector's Journal Water Heater Serial Number Decoder to decode the date.
Uncanny Sound Effects
Another common sign of a dying water heater is noise. When the water is heating, it often sounds like loud cracks, pops, or bangs are going off. This is the result of a mineral buildup inside the unit which causes it to overheat. The longer sound effects accompany the water heater's performance, the closer it gets to needing replacement.
A Persistent Leak
You should check the area in which your water heater is housed on a regular basis. One of the major signs of impending failure is a leak. Depending on where your heater is located, you may not even see this sign until it's too late.
Keep in mind that a leaky heater can lead to major water damage. If leaks aren't spotted and tended to promptly, the loose water can seep into less than ideal places and instigate the growth of mold and mildew. It's always a good idea to check in on your water heat monthly so any leaks can be promptly addressed.
Constant Repair Work
If you feel like you're constantly fixing the heater, it's time for a new one. Depending on the type of water heater, maintenance can remedy minor quirks. But when repairs become constant, it's time for a replacement.
Water heaters don't last forever. Plan to replace yours once every ten years or so and watch for these signs of impending failure. For more information, contact Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. or a similar company.