As a homeowner, you most likely are already aware of the different maintenance problems. From replacing loose roofing shingles and light bulbs to shampooing the carpet, these tasks can become overwhelming. Unfortunately, you may not be aware that you need a new water heater until this imperative appliance is no longer working, leaving you and your family without any hot water. With this guide, you will learn the signs it is time to invest in a new water heater replacement.
Rusty Hot Water
One sign your water heater is in distress is if you notice that the hot water appears rusty and discolored. You may think this is not a problem, since you at least have a supply of hot water, but the rust is actually a sign the water heater tank is corroding from the inside. Without taking action, your water quality will be affected indefinitely, and your water heater tank may crack and leak, as well.
To determine if the rusty water stems from a corroding tank or an issue with your water supply, check your cold water supply. If cold water poured into a glass is also rusty and discolored, there is a problem with your pipes or water supply. However, if the cold water is clean and free of rust, the hot water heater is corroding and needs to be replaced.
If you see moisture building up on the exterior of your water heater tank or actual water puddling on the floor under your water heater, there is a leak.
A leak can occur in a few ways. Small drops of water may build up over time as a result of a pressure valve. Have a plumber check the valve to ensure there is not excessive pressure leading to these small leaks.
Leaks can also occur if there is a fissure or larger crack in the tank, which most likely resulted from a corroded interior. Replacing the water heater is imperative to avoid complete failure, which can result in a much larger leak and your household's loss of hot water.
Age is also a sign you need to replace your water heater, since nothing is designed to last forever.
The average lifespan depends on the type of water heater you have. For traditional water heaters with tanks, you can expect a lifespan of between 8 and 12 years. For tankless water heaters, expect lifespan of up to 20 years.