According to the United States Geological Survey, the average household uses 138 gallons of water per day. That’s 60 gallons of water per person!
No one wants their hot shower to be ice cold or to struggle with trying to get their water to the right temperature. If you are, there may be a problem with your hot water heater. Though it’s common for them to stop working properly over time, knowing how and when an issue can occur, will help you prevent serious problems.
Here are a few signs it’s time to replace your hot water heater:
- Your Water Heater is Too Old
- Water Heater Making Noise
- Water is Discolored
- Water Heater is Leaking
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Your Water Heater is Too Old
A typical residential water heater lasts six to twelve years. Though that’s heavily dependent on how well it’s maintained and the unit itself. A traditional water heater is a cylindrical drum with a heating mechanism on the inside or on the bottom of the unit. Over time, different parts lose their ability to function properly such as when the heat-out pipe, which allows hot water to exit the system, begins to erode.
By replacing your water heater before it fails, you’ll prevent any inconveniences and prevent any possible damage to your home. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll need to quickly find a replacement which will make it difficult for you to find the best professional for the job and the best unit for your home. Scheduling a replacement ahead of time ensures that you choose the most efficient, long-lasting system.
Water Heater is Making Noise
While it’s common for your water heater to make some noise as it’s warming up, constant noises like rumbling and popping indicate a problem. The noise comes from sediment building up in the base of your tank which then moves or bursts when the water heats up. Over time, this build-up can potentially cause your pipe to burst and other damage to your water tank.
Water Is Discolored
Have you noticed red or brown water coming from your faucet? That’s a clear sign that there’s something wrong with your water heater. That often occurs when there is a build-up of sediment or rust inside of your water tanks that travels through the water and out of your pipes. As the build-up continues inside your pipes, it provides a breeding ground for bacteria that contaminates your water supply. Rust can also lead to various leaks within your pipes and the unit itself.
Water Heater Leaking
Checking for a leak depends on the type of unit you have. If you have an electric water heater, you can turn off the power to the heater and take off the access panel to check for any signs of a leak. If you have an electric water heater, you can check for signs of rust or take a look to see if any water is dripping onto the burner while it’s in use.
Contacting a professional to take a look at or unit or replace it if necessary is key to preventing any further issues it could cause to your home such as the floor or nearby appliances.
Choose Doctor Drips
At Doctor Drips, our expert team handles a variety of plumbing issues in both residential and commercial properties. Whether you have an electric, gas, or tankless water heater, we’ll be able to repair your existing unit or install a new one. With excellent customer service and 24/7 emergency service, we’re here to help you with all of your water heater needs.
Contact us today and let our experts help with any of your water heater or plumbing needs!