Identifying problems before your water heater goes kaput
Like all home systems, water heaters occasionally need repair or replacement, and yours will let you know when it’s on its last legs. How can you tell if your water heater is giving out? Check for these common signs of impending failure.
You Can’t Remember the Age of the Unit
The average lifespan of a water heater is 9 to 11 years. The older the unit gets, the higher the risk of a breakdown. If you have no idea when you last replaced the water heater, dig out the paperwork from the initial installation and find out. It could be time to invest in a new unit.
The Shower is Always Cold
Cold showers are one of the most unpleasant signs that your water heater isn’t working the right way. Obviously, if you’re not getting any hot water at all, the heater needs immediate attention. Before things get to this point, you might notice that the water isn’t as hot as it used to be or the heat doesn’t last as long as it should. A consistent drop in temperature is a sure sign that something is amiss.
You’re Dealing with Dirty Water
Water that looks rusty when you turn on the tap or has a strange metallic taste is a likely precursor to water heater failure. Dirty water inside the tank is a bad sign as well. Look for an increase in sediment or sludge to determine if buildup is a problem.
The Noise Never Stops
A water heater that cracks, pops, bangs or whines is more than a nuisance; it’s likely about to give out. While it’s normal for all units to make some kind of sound as they get going, constant noise could indicate mineral buildup or an impending failure of the heating element. Flushing the tank can help determine the exact root of the problem.
The Floor Around the Tank is Wet
There should never be water pooling around the heating unit. The appearance of puddles indicates corrosion inside the water tank or some other form of failure. Never attempt to replace a leaking water heater without first disconnecting the power source. If you’re unfamiliar with this kind of home repair, call in a professional as soon as you can.
If your water heater shows any of these signs of failure, contact Dupuis Energy. Our home heating services cover homes in MA and RI, so there’s always a specialist in your area to address any problems you might be having.