From washing dishes and doing laundry to shaving and bathing, the water heater is essential for you and your family. Unfortunately, many people do not realize how important their water heater is until it fails. Therefore, you need to know when it is in distress so you are never left without a supply of hot water.

The purchase of a new water heater may be an expense, but it is a worthwhile investment for your family. With this guide and your plumber’s help, you will learn the signs that you need a new water heater.

1. Water Heater Is Old

When it comes to your water heater, age is not just a number. Over time, the water heater’s plumbing lines, connections, and water tank will break down, decreasing the function and efficiency of this appliance.

Of course, the average lifespan of a water heater depends on the specific type. For example, a traditional water heater with a tank has an expected lifespan of between 8 and 12 years. Tankless models are capable of lasting 20 years or longer.

If you have moved into an older home, knowing the age of your water heater can be difficult. Ask the real estate agent if they can contact the original owners to determine the age of the water heater or look on your property inspection report.

If necessary, contact the water heater’s manufacturer for more information. Give the manufacturer the model number, which should be noted on a sticker found on your water heater.

If your water heater is past its normal lifespan, contact a plumber for an inspection or a replacement if necessary to keep your water heater working as it should.

2. Water Heater Is Loud

You should never hear an excessively loud rumbling, grinding, or banging noise coming from the water heater.

Rumbling, banging, and grinding sounds from the water heater will most likely stem from sediment that has built up inside the tank. As the water is heated, the sediment hardens, building up inside your tank and preventing water from running easily through the system.

Allowing the sediment to remain in your tank will pose a few issues. Firstly, the noise is annoying. Secondly, as the sediment continues to heat up and harden, it can cause the tank to crack, increasing the risk of water leaks, water damage in your home, and a failed water heater.

Flushing the tank will remove the sediment, improving the function of your water heater. If your water heater is old and you are experiencing other issues, investing in a new water heater is a better alternative.

3. Water Is Discolored

Your water should always be clear and free of color or sediment. If you are noticing discoloration, you may have an issue with your water heater.

Over time, the galvanized metal used in your water heater can begin to corrode, causing hot water to appear discolored and rusty. Heavy buildup of sediment in your tank and water lines can also discolor your hot water.

A plumber can drain your water heater tank, flushing away any sediment. However, flushing will not eradicate a corrosion issue inside your tank. Without replacing the water heater, the corrosion will cause your tank to crack and leak. Replacement will be necessary.

If you are noticing both your hot and cold water is discolored, there is probably an issue with your public water supply. Contact your main water supplier to have your water tested.

Even though proper understanding and maintenance will prolong the lifespan of your water heater, nothing is meant to last forever. To maintain or replace your water heater, contact Rapid First Plumbing today.