Have you ever stepped into the tub, still half asleep, and gotten a cold dose of water instead of the hot shower you anticipated? Have you returned home to find your basement or kitchen flooded from a water heater that burst? Until that happens, you probably gave little thought to your water heater failing. The water heater installation specialists in Advanced Heating & Cooling in Penfield, NY, say there are signs your water heater is about to fail that many homeowners don’t recognize. Consider these five warning signs your water heater needs repair.
5 Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing
1. It’s Old
Water heaters generally last ten years or more depending on the manufacturer and type. If you don’t know the age of your water heater, check the manufacturer’s sticker on your unit. If no date is visible, you can do a search on the serial and model number online. If it’s at the 10-year mark, it’s time for a new water heater installation.
2. It’s Noisy
Water heaters will make rumbling sounds and other noise when sediment has built up inside the bottom of the tank. If your water heater makes any noise when it heats up, it’s signaling that it needs to be replaced soon.
3. Your Water Is Rusty
If you find rust in your warm water, there are usually one of two causes. Either your galvanized pipes are rusting, or your water heater is. One way to test is to drain several gallons of hot water out of the water heater. If the third bucket still shows rust, your water heater is the culprit.
4. It Seems to Be Leaking
You should inspect the area surrounding your water heater frequently. If you find moisture or puddles of water, there could be a leak in your water heater’s tank. Check the fittings and connections to make sure they’re not the cause.
5. Poor Performance
If your hot water seems to be taking too long to come out of the faucet, it’s a good idea to have your water heater inspected by a professional. Any change in performance can be a sign your water heater needs repair or should be replaced soon.
The water heater installation professionals at Advanced Heating & Cooling can help if your water heater needs to be upgraded to a more efficient model. Call (585) 381-2590 for a free estimate, or visit their website for more information.