Your home's water heater is an essential device since it ensures that hot water is always and immediately available for comfortable living. It is required for almost all basic everyday activities. One of the most challenging aspects of owning big appliances like water heaters is deciding whether maintenance, repair, or replacement is the best option when there's an emerging issue. Normally, if used and maintained correctly, a high-quality tank water heater can last you roughly ten years. But there are some signs you need to watch out for that will tell you when it's the right time to replace your water heater.
Just like many other metals, your water tank is eventually going to corrode even with regular maintenance, and one of the first signs of this is when you see a pool of water around the base of the water heater because that means there's a leak somewhere in the tank. Of course, an actual puddle of water is much different than simple water condensation, so be careful when diagnosing this.
Water heaters tend to have a lifespan of roughly ten years. If it's older than ten years, it's hanging in there, but at some point, experiencing issues is inevitable. If you don't know how old your heater is, check the sticker on top of your appliance. This way, if you have trouble finding the exact year, you can check the manufacturer's website and learn it.
If the water that comes out of your faucets is rusty, this can be due to your water heater. The most common reason for corrosion is anode rod. The actual function of the anode rod is to protect the heater from corrosion, and over time, it is going to be corroded to protect the heater. This corrosion will be picked up by the water, which will cause rust. If this is the case, the professionals may recommend replacing the rod, or if the heater is already old, you may be advised to replace the unit altogether.
Even if there's no other direct indication that shows your water heater is malfunctioning, the decline in the function indicates that a replacement is awaiting you. That's because, above everything else, the main function of the heater is to heat water, and if it cannot do that, that means the ending is close. So, keep an eye on the unit and watch out for any indications of no hot water or insufficient hot water.
When it comes to fixing water heater issues, there's more than one approach. Not every heater is in the same condition, and different treatments may be needed for every individual unit. Some need maintenance; others may need repair or water heater replacement. If you have seen some of the signs we have mentioned in this article, please contact the professional plumbers of Texas Rooter for the solution that is right for you. We offer a variety of plumbing services and will be more than happy to help you with your water heater problems. Contact us today to learn more about us and schedule your appointment.
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