Nothing lasts forever – every object, whether furniture, home appliances, or devices, has a limited lifespan. Eventually, things are bound to break or malfunction. The good news is that replacing them is a piece of cake. All you have to do is purchase another appliance. However, on some occasions, changing an older object for a newer model will cause a long-term benefit. When dealing with water heaters, you must detect the tale-telling signs early.
The Heater Is Too Old
You might have something old but still functioning. For example, you could have a vintage instrument from the 50s. It has been around for more than half a century, but it still plays flawlessly. Unfortunately, water heaters are not instruments. The problem with it is not the age. If the heater is over 10 years old, it is about time you change it. After all, despite being old, it is possible for the heater to still work perfectly. The problem is that the more you wait, the sooner the issues appear. Old water heaters are prone to failing, leading to them using more energy to heat the water and eventually higher energy bills.
The Heater Doesn’t Work Properly
This is an obvious sign that the heater needs to be replaced. However, how can you know that the water heater is malfunctioning? First, check if the water coming out of the faucets is rusty, sandy, and discolored. It’s a clear sign the heater is corroding from the inside and contaminating your water. Second, if you notice the water heater makes unwanted noises, it’s time to look for a newer one. Loud noises result from sediment buildup in the tank. Sediments that hardened and moved from their initial place will create unbearable rumblings and knockings. Last, the biggest red flag will be that water is not nearly as hot as it used to be.
In other words, you’ll notice that the hot water gets colder quicker. Not to mention, sometimes the heater will not warm water at all. If you struggle with any of these issues, get professional assistance as soon as possible. They will replace your faulty heater with a functional one.
The Heater Has a Leak
You went down to the basement and found a small amount of water in front of the heater. No problem, you dried it up and returned to your house duties. However, you went to the basement again and found yet another tiny puddle in the same area. The reason is that the water heater has a leak. When you see water stings or moisture around the heater, it means there is a leak. Even if the leak seems too small, you should fix the problem immediately. Ultimately, the main reason to replace a water heater is not money but safety. Broken heaters could cause back-drafting, releasing dangerous and almost imperceptible gas into your house’s atmosphere.
A disastrously installed tank could explode, but there is no need to explain the negative consequences of such an event. Upgrade your water heater now, even if you believe your current model is still in good condition. Consider its size to avoid buying one that is too big or too small. Remember, you are doing this because you care for your family’s safety. We invite you to contact us at 616-866-5134 and talk with our skilled plumbers at Kellermeier Plumbing.