When you step into your bathroom for a morning shower, the last detail you expect is a blast of freezing-cold water from the showerhead. That’s a sign you should replace your water heater. And although a cold spray of water is one of the more obvious signals, there are several more you can look for. If you notice any of these red flags, you should schedule a visit from an HVAC contractor.
How to Know When You Need a New Water Heater
1. Your Water Heater is Old
Even if you don’t see clear problem signs, it could still be beneficial to replace your current water heater before issues start. The first two numbers of the unit’s serial number typically correspond to the year of fabrication, although this can vary. If the heater is more than 10 years old, think about replacing it or schedule an inspection by an HVAC contractor to see how it’s holding up.
2. You Hear Noises
Unless an HVAC contractor is repairing the unit, you shouldn’t hear any noises from your water heater. As the appliance ages, however, sediments build up and cause rumbling or banging while it heats the water. These sediments also increase the time it takes to adequately heat the water, which can eventually lead to cracks and leaks.
3. You See Discolored Water
Seeing brown water pouring out of a faucet is never a fun experience, but it can be much worse than merely being unpleasant. Rusty water is a sign that your water heater is rusting from the inside and could leak soon. Before calling in an HVAC contractor for a repair or replacement, fill up three or four gallon-sized buckets from both the hot and cold water faucets. If you only see rust in hot water, you should replace your unit.
To prevent an icy surprise during your morning shower, enlist the help of Evans Heating & Air Conditioning in Newark, OH. Since 1959, this family-owned and operated HVAC contractor has provided top-notch repairs and replacements for furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters. The company also understands that HVAC problems don’t run on a schedule, and that’s why they offer convenient 24-hour emergency services. Visit the website for more information on the services available or call (740) 522-2611 to speak with a friendly representative today.