Households lean heavily on their water heaters. We shower, cook, and wash our hands daily, and run laundry at least once a week. This puts an immense amount of pressure on the water heater, and it's bound to eventually break down after years of constant use. ICE Services Inc, an HVAC and IT service company based in Anchorage, AK, shares the top signs your water heater has reached its breaking point.
Top 3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater
1. Rust in the Water
One of a water heater's greatest vulnerabilities is rust. Homeowners should keep an eye out for signs of rust after about eight years of owning the same water heater. If rust starts appearing in the sink or shower, it's often coming from the water heater. At this point, you want to think about replacing it.
2. Pooling Water
Water heaters should be inspected every couple of months. Look for any puddles or pooling water around the tank. If you spot water collecting beneath the heater, it's a sign of a leak. Because of the damage water can wreak on a home, these leaks are major issues that should be addressed immediately—including a potential full replacement of the appliance.
As a water heater grows older, sediment starts to build up at the bottom of the tank. Over time, this buildup wreaks havoc on the water heater, negatively affecting its efficiency and damaging the metal. This sediment layer causes the appliance to take longer to heat up water, and the cycle of damage to the metal worsens over time. The most telltale sign of buildup is loud rumbling sounds when the water heater is in use.
ICE Services has three decades of experience providing top-notch HVAC and IT service to companies and camps across Alaska's North Slope. ICE's highly trained technicians will assist with everything from help desk support and structured cabling to POE lighting. Visit the team's website to learn more about their broad range of services, or call the IT service professionals directly at (907) 644-0385.