Are you worried that your water heater needs to be replaced, but you’re not sure what warning signs you need to look for? Not to worry, we have a list of common signs that can help you determine if a new water heater is what you need.
First, look to see if there is water building up in or around the area you keep your water heater. If there is, it is possible you have a leak.
Second, identify any quality issues you may be having with your water. For example, if you see rust or other visible sediment in your water, this could be a sign that your water heater is in need of some repairs.
Third, if you have noticed that your water has not been as hot as normal or you find yourself running out of hot water faster than normal, you may need to repair it.
There are other factors that can determine the longevity of your water heater. For example, how it was installed, how well it is maintained, the quality of water in your area, and how often it is used. The following maintenance tips can help your water heater last longer than expected.
- Keep an eye out for leaks. Spotting a small leak early can help prevent a major leak or water heater failure in the future. Be sure to check for any staining, flaking paint, or corrosion on the surface of the tank, which can be warning signs that something is wrong with your water heater. External rust can be just as harmful to your water heater as internal rust.
- Drain the tank to remove sediment. Sediment can settle at the bottom of your water heater tank as it operates. As this sediment is collected, it can shorten the life of your water heater, reduce efficiency, clog valves, and even house bacteria. This procedure should be performed at least once per year, however, in areas that have very hard water it may be a good idea to drain the tank more often to keep sediment levels low.
- Test the temperature-pressure-relief (TPR) valve. The TPR valve is responsible for relieving excess pressure in your water heater to prevent tank explosions from over pressure. It is recommended that you test this valve annually to ensure that it is functioning properly.
CAUTION: There are potential hazards associated with these maintenance procedures, such as scalding or other injuries. It may be beneficial to have a professional perform these tasks the first time in order to teach you how to do it properly and safely.
By following these simple maintenance techniques and knowing the warning signs of a water heater that needs to be repaired, you should be able to increase both the longevity and efficiency of your water heater. However, if you are having trouble with your water heater and need a professional, give ASI Plumbing a call today – 502-632-6611 – and we’ll have it fixed in no time at all.