Imagine for a moment what life would be like without your water heater. Sure, that might be a first world problem, but it’s a modern day convenience that many of us couldn’t imagine living without. Therefore, as a homeowner, you should pay close attention to your water heater for these signs that it might be on it’s last leg.
An aging water heater
A water heater is a household appliance with an average lifespan of 10-15 years. This can go wrong with it much sooner than that period, and some machines have been known to last much longer than 10 years. But age is a good factor that you can use to monitor yours. Any hot water heater that’s older than 10 years old should be closely monitored for the quality of it’s output.
A leaking water heater
If your hot water heater has started leaking anywhere underneath or behind the appliance, it’s time to call in the pros for a fix or replacement. Water heaters can cause a surprising amount of flooding, something that you want to try to avoid as much as you possibly can. Stopping the leak might just require turning a valve or tightening connections, but you should call a plumber anyway to inspect the whole machine for good measure.
If you’re experiencing cloudy or rusty water
If your hot water taps deliver cloudy or rusty water, that’s a surefire sign that your water heater might be on it’s last leg. Rusty water is caused by rust building up inside the machine’s pipes or even in its tank. That kind of corrosion can eat the metal from the inside out and big leaks are definitely in your future. Cloudy water signals that your water heater is full of mineral deposits which will eventually clog up the machine and damage the other components.
A lack of hot water or strange noises
If you’re experiencing either a lack of hot water in your house, or you’re starting to hear strange noises emanate from the room where your hot water heater lives, that’s a good sign that it’s a good time to have it checked out. After time, the heating element in the hot water heater will go out and that will eliminate the service of any hot water to your faucets. Any knocking, gurgling, popping, or rumbling noises are another good indication it’s time to call in a pro.