We’ve had this phone call numerous times: A water heater has already failed, and the water has gone cold. The homeowner is frazzled by this seemingly unexpected event and is beginning to feel stressed about the idea of replacing it. At Westside Plumbing, Inc., we get it. No one loves spending money on a new water heater. However, this expense doesn’t have to catch you totally off guard.
We have found these four signs of water heater failure (originally share by the good people at Angie’s List) to be good indicators that yours may also be on its way out.
1. Your water heater’s age
You can determine the age by checking your owner’s manual or the serial number on your unit. Most water heaters don’t last more than 10 years, so you may want to begin your search for a replacement.
2. Strange noises
Has your water heater been making extra racket? Those rumblings and banging sounds may be an indication that the water heater is on its way out.
3. Water at the base of the unit
You go out to your garage only to notice water pooling around the water heater. Water around the base is a good indicator that it’s time to call a plumber and get a replacement.
4. Rusty hot water
When you run hot water to do the dishes or take a bath, do you see a noticeable amount of rust? Some water heaters rust from the inside, and this build-up can transfer into your water.
If you notice any of these signs of water heater failure, you know you need to call a plumber. Don’t wait until you’re completely without water. If you wait too long, you may risk home damage due to a leaky water heater. Your best bet is to replace the unit as soon as possible.
If you haven’t noticed these signs but you know that your water heater is within a year or two of the manufacturer’s warranty, our plumbers recommend that you go ahead and start saving up for a replacement. So when it finally starts to fail, you are ready to purchase the replacement stress-free.
For questions about water heaters or other plumbing repairs, contact Westside Plumbing at (317) 445-8399.