3 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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After a long, exasperating day at work, there’s nothing better than coming back home and treating yourself to a warm shower. But first, you need to ensure that you have running hot water.

Whether you need it for a shower or just for everyday cooking, an uninterrupted hot water supply is a blessing. However, to indulge yourself in the delight of a hot water bath, you need to have a water heater that’s always fully functional.

Ideally, your water heater should stay with you for around 8 to 12 years. But at times, wear and tear and certain faults may require it to be replaced before its time. Let’s take a look at a few signs that indicate that it needs to be replaced.

1) You see rusty water

Water heater tanks are usually made of steel. Despite how strong steel is, it’s also highly susceptible to rusting. Rusting becomes more of a common phenomenon if your water heater crosses its designated age.

Rust is basically oxidized iron. If you’re using your water for cooking or dishwashing purposes, and your water heater is rusted, you’re putting yours and your family’s health at risk. The most common areas that are affected by rust are the water tank inside the heater, the pressure valve, and the temperature valve.

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2) Your heater makes strange noises

If a heater is using electricity to heat water, it’s natural for it to make some noise. While occasional noises are normal, you should be alarmed if your heater gives out sudden loud cracks and pops. If your heater gives out rumbling noises, it’s a telltale sign that sediment has deposited or built up on the base of the tank.

This sediment is not something to worry about if it’s fresh, but if you fail to clean it and keep on reheating water, the buildup solidifies and hardens. When left ignored for too long, the layers of mineral buildup keep on increasing, leaving less room for water. It will not only start affecting the efficiency of your heater, but will also repeatedly be a nuisance every time it comes in contact with the heating element.

3) Leaked water around the heater

If your water heater has aged beyond its capacity and has started to approach its retirement years, the chances are that you’ll start seeing leaks sooner or later. If the inner surface of the tank is heated and reheated far too many times, the metal eventually starts expanding under heat pressure.

What you see as a result is small cracks, through which water easily leaks out. Water leaks can wreak havoc on your property if they aren’t immediately dealt with. One of the most common ways it affects our property is by ruining the carpets and furniture.

Let’s say the leaked water makes its way to the walls, you might even begin seeing mold buildup. If you have a child running around the house, you need to be extra careful since hot water isn’t safe to come in touch with.

If you’re looking for water heater replacement Palm Beach County and surrounding areas, reach out to us. At Your 1 Plumber FL, our team of expert plumbers will cater to all your plumbing needs in no time. To get in touch, give us a call at 301-540-7586. You can also book an appointment online.

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