All water heaters have a limited lifespan, meaning it is likely that in the course of your homeownership you’ll need to replace your water heater at least once. But how do you know when your water heater is starting to fail and you need to start seriously seeking out water heater replacement in Vacaville, CA? Here is some information from our team of plumbing professionals:
- The appliance is old: Again, there is a limited lifespan for every water heater. Sure, you can extend the life of your water heater by keeping it well maintained, but in general, a water heater that is more than 10 years old is going to automatically be a good candidate for replacement. There are some people who wait for the water heater to develop a leak before they replace it—and they can get away with doing so if the water heater won’t cause any damage in its specific location—but in general it is not at all recommended that you wait for a leak. A small leak can quickly become a burst, meaning you’ll have water all over the place.
- Strange noises: The older a water heater gets, the more sediment starts to build up on the bottom of the tank. As that sediment gets reheated, it hardens. More hardened sediment can lead to strange noises coming from the water heater—this is the sound of that sediment heating up. It also results in less efficient operation of the machine, as the heater will have to use more energy to heat up the water, and more potential damage, as the time spent heating the water can cause a lot of wear and tear on the metal tank, resulting in brittleness and a greater likelihood of holes and cracking. For these reasons, if you’ve been hearing a lot of strange noises coming from your water heater, it may be a good time for you to consider replacing it.
- Rustiness: Do you have rusty water coming out from your water heater when you open up the hot water tap in your sink? If so, this is a sign that the water heater is rusting away on the inside, which means you could soon develop a leak. To determine that it’s the water heater and not your galvanized piping that is rusting, drain several five-gallon buckets out of the water heater. If the third bucket still has rusty water, the problem is the water heater and not the piping.
- Leaks: If you see running water or moisture around the water heater, this means you’ve got a small leak in the tank. Obviously, a leak is going to be a sign that the structural integrity of the water heater is beginning to fail, which means it’s a good time to start looking into replacement.
For more information about water heater replacement in Vacaville, CA and how you can determine whether or not that’s the best step for you to resolve your water heater issues, contact the team at ABC Plumbing today.
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