Your water heater is one of the most important appliances within your home, as it sees use every day to provide hot water to your showers, faucets, dishwasher, washing machine, and any other water-using appliances. Therefore, an improperly or inefficiently functioning water heater can cause all sorts of issues for other appliances and the water fixtures within your home. There are a number of different warning signs of a failing water heater that you can watch out for to understand when you should consider replacing your unit.
One of the water heater warning signs that's easiest to notice is if the water that comes out of the tap is no longer clear. Over time, rust and sediment both build up within the tank of your water heater. Some buildup is normal, but excessive buildup might represent serious structural problems. Rust can point to the deterioration of the tank itself, which can make leaking much more likely to occur. Sediment, on the other hand, can cover the heating element within the tank and make your water heater extremely inefficient, while also reducing the overall capacity of the tank.
Your water heater should be a fairly quiet appliance, since there are no fans or other loud moving parts to create noise when it kicks into gear. This means that any sort of loud noises coming from your tank can point to a serious problem that can require replacement. One of the most common causes for banging or creaking coming from the tank is a buildup of sediment: this hard layer can harden and expand when it gets reheated, placing pressure on the interior of your tank and even causing damage to the heating element and other components within your water heater.
Finally, one of the most serious signs that you need to contact a professional plumber to replace your water heater is if you notice any signs of water damage around the base of your water heater's tank, especially if there is still water on the ground or walls. This can point to physical damage, usually due to a combination of age and rust, which has occurred within your water heater. At this point replacing your unit is a necessity, both to prevent widespread water damage and mold growth within your home and also to save you money, as constantly running water due to a leak will increase your water bills drastically.
If you notice any of these signs and need help with water heater installation, contact a local professional right away.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.