There are usually some warning signs before something breaks, but being able to recognize them and what they mean is crucial in order for them to mean anything at all. It would be great if our appliances came with an app that went directly to our phones to alert us that our air conditioner is not running right or the water heater is dying. I am sure the technology will get there sooner rather than later, but for now we need to learn the signs so we can see the red flags waving and know what to do about it.
How to know your Water Heater is on the fritz…
Rusty water is a big red flag that something is wrong and should be checked out right away. If it only comes out when you run hot water something is most likely rusting away on the inside of your water heater which will eventually cause it to leak.
The problem could also be rusting pipes if you have galvanized piping throughout your home. Either way, this is a problem that needs to be dealt with by a professional and if you know, without a doubt, that there is no galvanized piping in your home you need to have your water heater replaced as soon as possible.
If you begin to notice water around your water heater you should start investigating what exactly is leaking. If all the connections and fittings to the tank are dry, then there is a good chance you have a fracture or leak in the tank. When metal heats it expands so even the tiniest fractures will start to leak water. When the tank has cooled down the leaking should stop. Even though it is not pouring water it is still a problem that needs a solution and a new tank is it.
Some things get better with age, water heaters are not one of those things. If you have no idea how old the water heater is in your home you can check by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. Also, check the manufacturer’s website or call them to figure out how old your water heater is. Usually the first two numbers you see will be the year that the water heater was manufactured. So if you see a serial number that reads “D152236985”, it is safe to assume the water heater was manufactured in 2015.
A water heaters life span is around 10 to 12 years so you if you look at yours and you can tell it is 15 to 20 years old just by the shape it is in it would be wise to have it replaced before it starts leaking and causes problems in other areas of your home.
Water heaters are not an appliance that makes a lot of noise so if yours is banging or rumbling when it is heating up that means a layer of sediment has hardened and this water heater is nearing the end of its life.
If these warning signs are sounding very familiar to you call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089 to make an appointment to have your aging water heater replaced.