Like a lot things in plumbing, water heaters break down over time and will leak, ultimately needing to be replaced. No one enjoys waking up to a cold shower, so ideally, you’d like to be able to replace your water heater before it completely stops working. If you wait too long, it could lead to a much larger problem, such as water damage to your home! So how do you know when it’s time for a replacement? Here are a few clues to look for:
1. Age – the older the water heater, the more likely it is to break down. As a general rule, a tank type water heater will last, on average 8 to 12 years. If you are pushing the 10-year point, there’s a good chance it’s time to replace the unit. (waterheaterleakinginfo.com)
2. Rust and corrosion – check your tank for any rust or corrosion. You may have even noticed rust in your hot water as it is drawn from a faucet in your home. If you find rust in your hot water or near any of the connections on the outside of the tank, it will be only a matter of time before your water heater leaks.
3. Your hot water tank IS leaking – a leak from your hot water tank is usually caused by an internal problem and is rarely repairable. Call a plumber to replace the unit to prevent any further damage to your home!
4. Your water is luke warm or cold – this can be caused by many reasons, it is important to call a professional to determine the cause and correct it. Replacement may be the only option, depending on what your plumber discovers.
Whatever problem you run into with your water heater, make sure to use a licensed plumbing professional to remedy the problem. Lastly, knowing what to look for ahead of time could save you money in excessive damage that may occur from your unit leaking.
Water Source Plumbing Service, Inc. | 678-423-8640