The water heater is one of your home's most frequently used plumbing fixtures. However, because it’s often located in a basement, utility room, or another rarely visited spot, it gets less attention than it should. If you haven’t checked on your water heater recently, here are some key signs it needs maintenance, repair, or even replacement.
4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Attention
The average lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. Even if the plumbing fixture seems to be working properly, you should have it inspected if it’s reached or exceeded this age. It may last several more years, but it's helpful to know what to expect.
If the water heater is leaking from the bottom, the problem could be serious. The liner may have rusted through, and the tank may need to be replaced. On the other hand, leaks from the top may simply mean a seal on the inlet or outlet pipe needs replacing.
3. Rusty Water
If the water from the heater appears rust-colored, the unit could be rusting through, especially if you notice corrosion on the outside of the tank. Have it inspected immediately, or the tank could burst.
4. Slow Heating
If the tank seems to take its time heating up, its heating element may have issues. Otherwise, it could simply be the result of sediment collected on the bottom of the tank insulating the water from the effects of the heating element, which is normally located beneath the tank. Draining a few gallons from the bottom of the tank should remove any accumulated sediment.
If you're having problems with your water heater or other plumbing fixtures, contact Plumbing Strategies in Kailua-Kona, HI. The locally owned and operated company has served businesses and homeowners throughout the Big Island for more than 10 years. In addition to water heater, garbage disposal, and plumbing fixture installation and repair, they offer video scoping and hydro-jetting, which lets them locate and eliminate clogs. Visit their website to read what previous customers have to say about them, or call (808) 325-2502 to request a free estimate today.