Having easy access to hot water is a MUST, especially when winter rolls around. But like all appliances, water heaters don’t last forever. Identifying signs of wear can prevent surprise cold showers and costly flood damage.
Here are some tips from our team at HendrixAir on how to spot when your water heater might be on its last legs.
#1. Unusual Sounds Coming from the Water Heater
When your water heater starts to sound like it’s hosting a mini concert with pops and bangs, this is a huge red flag and even potentially dangerous. These noises are often the result of sediment building up inside the tank.
As the sediment accumulates, it can lead to overheating, leading to failure.
#2. Inconsistent Water Temperature
There’s nothing worse than an unexpected cold splash in the middle of a hot shower. If the temperature of your water keeps fluctuating or has decreased, your heater is likely on its way out.
The #1 Reason > Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance
#3. Reduced Hot Water Pressure
Are you having a strong cold water flow but a trickling hot one? Sediment buildup could be to blame again. It gathers at the bottom, causing various issues, including reduced water pressure.
#4. Rusty or Discolored Water
Any color other than clear coming from your faucets is a call for concern. If your hot water looks more like tea, the anode rod protecting your tank might be failing, leaving the interior prone to rust which is what’s discoloring your water.
Don’t ignore this one, no one should drink or bathe in rust!
#5. Hot Water Doesn’t Last as Long as It Should
If your relaxing showers are becoming rapid rinses because the hot water runs out too quickly, your water heater might be struggling to heat water as it should.
#6. Water Puddles or Moisture Around the Unit
Water heaters should be dry on the outside. If you see water around your unit, it’s a telltale sign of a leak. Leaks can damage your property, and potentially cause mold which damages your health.
Don’t wait to address this one, turn off the heater and call an expert.
#7. Multiple Water Heater Repair Calls
If your plumber knows what your favorite TV show is, you might be calling them too often.
Not that we don’t like coming out!! But we’d prefer you to save the money in the long run. Constant repairs might mean it’s more economical to just get a new unit.
#8. Your Water Heater is a Decade Old or More
The typical lifespan of a water heater ranges between 8 to 12 years. Maintenance can extend this, but if yours is approaching or past this age, consider a check-up. Regularly maintaining your heater, like draining sediment, can prolong its efficiency and life.
#9. Abnormally High Energy Bills
If your monthly bills have seen an unexpected hike, your water heater’s efficiency might be the cause. Mineral buildup in the tank can cause uneven heat distribution, making it work harder. Draining the sediment every six months can keep it efficient.
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#10. Something’s Off About the Water Smell
If you’re noticing an odor in your water, there is likely bacteria growing in your unit. Bacteria thrive in warm, humid environments as well as rusty and corroded units. If draining and treating your water doesn’t clear the odor, a replacement might be needed.
Reach Out to HendrixAir for More Water Heater Help
Being aware of these signs can save you from discomfort and unforeseen expenses. If you notice any of these issues, don’t hesitate to get a professional opinion. At HendrixAir our team is ready to help assess, repair, or replace your water heater, ensuring you always have access to warm, clean water.