A water heater is a modern must-have for most Americans, so it is important to make sure yours is always in tip-top shape. Over time and after a significant amount of use, water heaters can become less effective and may require repairs or replacement. In order to avoid a broken water heater and to save your family from days of cold showers, make sure you know what common signs usually indicate that you need to replace your water heater.
If your water begins to taste different or looks discolored, it could indicate either a plumbing problem or an issue with your water heater. Water with a red tint or a rusty flavor can often be caused by rust in the water heater. Water heaters are made of metal and, like any other metal, can break down over time, which may lead to rust deposits in your water. Rusty water can be dangerous when ingested, so if you suspect this could be the source of your issue, call your plumber immediately.
As with most mechanical components, any abnormal noises could point to a problem with your water heater. Water heater tanks sometimes accumulate sediment over time, which can then rotate throughout the tank, making loud banging or rumbling noises as the sediments hit the tank walls. Sometimes this common issue can be solved with a tank flush, but other times it could require a full replacement.
When water heaters reach the end of their lifespan, they may sometimes begin to leak. The change in temperature within a water heater, from temperate to extremely hot, can cause the metal to expand and contract. These movements may wear on the metal and cause it to crack or warp, leading to leaks.
An ineffective water heater is a very clear sign of a problem. Sometimes water heaters will slowly begin to lose function, or they may stop working altogether.
If you haven’t noticed any tangible signs telling you it is time to replace your water heater, you might still want to consider its age. You can check the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The first 3 digits of the long serial number are key. The first digit, a letter, will mark the month of expiration, whereas the following two numbers will indicate the year. For example, A191234567 would indicate an expiration date of January 2019.
Whether you are experiencing several issues with your water heater or you are simply noticing a slow decline in efficiency, our professional plumbers in Fresno can assess your current situation and offer the best possible solution.
Whether you need a brand new installation, replacement, or repair, we can help. Contact Big Birge Plumbing to get started!
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