The life expectancy of a water heater is 8–12 years, depending on the model and usage. If your heater is getting up in years or having issues, you might be wondering whether you should repair or replace it. Stuart London Handyman in Pine Grove, CA, provides bathroom remodels and installation services for a variety of fixtures and explains when you should get a new water heater.
4 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater
Its Age Is In Double Digits
As a rule of thumb, you should replace a water heater that’s more than 10 years old. To check the age of yours, look at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker on the upper portion of the heater. The first letter represents the month (for example, J is the 10th letter of the alphabet and stands for October) and the two numbers following it represent the year (07 stands for 2007). This is the manufacturing date for the unit.
Rusty Water Comes out of the Tap
If you notice brown water coming from your water heater, it’s a sign your system is deteriorating inside and probably will begin to leak soon. However, rusty galvanized piping also could be to blame. To determine the source of the discolored water, drain a few 5-gallon buckets of hot water from the heater. If the third bucket has rusty water in it, your heater is at fault.
Over time, sediment accumulates and hardens at the bottom of the tank. As a result, you will hear a rumbling or banging sound when the unit heats water. This layer of hardened sediment makes your system not only loud but inefficient because it takes more time to heat water to the correct temperature, leading to more wear and tear.
You See Water Around the Tank
A metal tank expands as the water gets hotter, causing tiny fractures that let liquid seep through onto the floor. The tank will stop leaking once it cools, so you need to check the floor around your system regularly.
If you think you need a new water heater, turn to Stuart London Handyman. As the Pine Grove, CA, area’s top plumber, he handles everything from water heater replacement to clogged drains and broken pipes. Visit the business online to learn more about their services and call (209) 296-3613 to schedule an appointment. Check their Facebook page for additional tips from the contractor.