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5 Signs That Your Hot Water Heater is About To Fail

September 24, 2016

How to Know Your Water Heater is About to Fail

If you have a water heater in South Surrey, it pays to know when it is about to fail. If you know the signs to watch out for, you can intervene in good time and stop a catastrophe as well as the inconvenience likely to be caused in the event that the water heater breaks down. However, there are certain signs that indicate the end of the heater and replacing becomes imminent. Presented below are some of the tips you can use to know if you water heater is about to fail-:

The age of your water heater

It is important to know the age of your water heater. You can find the age of the unit by referring to the manufacturer’s manual or looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The lifespan for most of the water heaters is about ten years and using them beyond this point predisposes them to a myriad of problems. If you have been using your water heater South Surrey for more than ten years, then you should strongly consider a replacement before other problems begin to appear.

Rusty Water

If you notice rusty water coming from your heater, it could signify that the system is rusting away from the inside and sooner or later, it may develop leaks. Rusty water is usually noticed coming from the hot side piping of your home systems and when it reaches this point the best solution is to replace the entire heater.

Noise and rumbling from the heater

As the heater grows in age, there will be a buildup of sediments at the bottom of the tank. With time, the sediments will get hardened due to consistent heating. After a while, you are likely to hear banging or rumbling sounds coming from the heater when it is operational. This signifies that the water heater South Surrey has reached the end of its useful life. With the presence of the hardened layer of sediments, there are two implications when you continue using the heater-: • Reduced efficiency – the heater will have to use more energy to heat up the water since a good portion of the energy will be consumed by the sediments. The result is increased gas or electric consumption leading to ballooning utility bills at the end of the month. • More damage to the unit – the extra time needed to heat the water due to the presence of the sediments will cause more wear and tear on the metal tank making it prone to cracking or developing holes. The moment you start to hear noise or rumbling from the hot water heater, watch out keenly for tiny leaks and if you find one, it is the final nail on the coffin. You have no option but to replace the water heater South Surrey.

Presence of water around the hot water heater

If you notice that there is moisture or water around your water heater, it may mean that there are small fractures or leaks in the tank. But before replacing the heater, inspect to ensure there are no other leaks from the fittings or the piping network. Also check to see if the pressure/temperature overflow pipes don’t have any leaks. Only consider water heater South Surrey replacement if the fittings and the connections are dry.

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