Water heaters provide us with hot water for showers, washing of dishes and laundry, and much more. Just like any other appliance in our home, water heaters sometimes need repairs or replacement. How do you know if your water heater needs to be replaced or repaired? Here are some things to look out for, before you come home to a flooded basement because your water heater “kicked the bucket.”
1) Age of the heater.
Most water heaters have a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years. If your heater is between the 10- and 15-year mark, you should keep an eye on it. Some heaters will have a label on the front that includes when the tank was installed, which will give you an idea as to how old it was. Otherwise, use the age of your home as the age of the heater.
2) Sprung a leak?
If you have a raised heater, use a stepstool and a flashlight to check the bottom of the heater. Check the tray at the bottom of the heater to see if there is water. Also look for mineral deposits, as water that has leaked earlier may have dried up. Next, check the top of the unit to see if any of the pipes, valves or connections are leaking. If you find water or leaks, you definitely need to call a plumber for replacement or repair.
3) Grumbles and rumbles.
Does your water heater make odd noises when you turn the water on in certain places, or when it is heating the water? This may be a sign that your heater is having issues and may need to be repaired or replaced.
4) Check the temperature.
Ensure that the temperature on your heater isn’t too high or too low. This will give you enough hot water for your household needs, yet not create too much. Having a properly adjusted water heater will save you money, as you are using less energy to heat the water.
5) Call a plumber.
If you find anything that means your heater needs to be replaced or repaired, please do not try to fix it yourself. If you turn any of the knobs or fiddle with the valves without a hose and a bucket attached, you can burn yourself (and make everything around you very wet) with scalding water.
Make sure to take these steps to decide if your water heater needs to be replaced or repaired. It is better to catch the issue before you have a small swimming pool in your basement. If you are at all concerned about your heater, make sure to call Pete the Plumber today we will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your unit and if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
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