Most people don't spend much time thinking about their water heaters — unless of course they're plumbing contractors. If you're a homeowner, however, it would be in your best interest to at least learn the signs that yours is about to fail. As Anchorage's leading plumbing contractors, Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating makes it their business to know everything about water heaters, and they’re here to offer a few signs that point to needing a new water heater.
Here are four clear signs you should invest in a new water heater:
Age: You can find the date your water heater was manufactured on its serial number — but it won't be notated conventionally. The first digit is a letter that represents the number of the month, with “A” meaning January, “B” meaning February, and so on. The next two digits will signify the year. If your unit's manufacturing date was over 10 years ago, you should replace it soon.
Discolored Water: If your water comes out rusty or tastes metallic, it could either mean your water heater is rusting on the inside, or that your pipes are rusty. You can find out the cause by draining a few buckets directly out of your water heater. If the water comes out rusty even after three buckets, then it’s your water heater.
Water Heater Leaks: Your hot water tank could have leaks if you see moisture around it, especially while water is heating. If so, check if any fittings, connections, or the overflow pipe are at fault. If it's just a leaky connection, you might not have to replace the water heater itself. Either way, call a plumbing contractor as soon as possible.
Loud Popping: Water heaters make many types of noise, but loud cracking and popping indicate scale or mineral deposits that are constantly getting reheated. These deposits will eventually harden, causing your water heater to lose efficiency, or even get holes. Call plumbing contractors when you hear cracking and popping.
Need a new water heater? Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating is available 24 hours a day for residents of Anchorage, and can be reached at (907) 344-2060. For more information on their plumbing services, visit their website.