Here at Foothills Heating & Cooling in Littleton, we think it is important to recognize the symptoms of a dying water heater. When your water heater goes out, it can be more than a hassle. If you know the signs, you can replace your water heater at a planned time rather than waking up on a cold winter morning with no hot water.
Your Water Heater is Old
Check the manufacturer’s sticker on your water heater so that you know how old it is. The date is often not in the standard month/day/year format. Instead, it is part of the water heater’s serial number. It will have a letter of the alphabet followed by a set of numbers.
The letter corresponds to the month. An “A” would be January, “B” would be February, “C” would be March, and so on. The first two numbers after the letter correspond to the year, so A125436890 would have been manufactured in January 2012. Some units may use a different date standard, so check your manual or the manufacturer’s website.
The average lifespan of a water heater is 10 years. If your water heater is older than that, you will want to be sure to check for other signs that it may need to be replaced. If your water heater can do a great deal of damage if it leaked, you may simply want to replace it now that it is more than 10 years old.
Rust Colored Water
Rusty hot water can be another sign that your water heater needs replacement. It signals that the unit may be rusting on the inside and this can lead to your unit developing a leak. Because galvanized pipes can also rust, drain a few buckets of water from the water heater directly. If after a few buckets, the water is still rusty, your water heater is likely the source.
Your water heater tank will build up sediment at the bottom over time. As your water is heated and reheated, the sediment hardens. If enough builds up, your unit will start to produce banging noises. This sound is one of the clear symptoms of a dying water heater.
Too much sediment build up will cause your unit to run less efficiently. This makes your water heater worker harder and eventually, your water heater will develop leaks. It is a good idea to replace your unit before such leaks occur.
Excess Water on the Floor
If you see water on the floor around your unit, it most likely has a leak. Check the fittings and connections to be sure that these locations are not the source. If they are not the cause of the leak, your water heater should be replaced as soon as possible before real water damage becomes an issue.
Now that you know the symptoms of a dying water heater, contact us here at Foothills Heating & Cooling in Littleton if you have a water heater that needs to be replaced. We offer installation for both gas and electric water heaters, as well as tankless!