Taking a cold shower should be an option. Not a necessity.
And while too little or no hot water is a clear indication of a problem, there are others. Let’s have a look.
- Age of System. Your storage-tank water heater was designed to last an average of 10 – 12 years. Do you know exactly when yours was installed? If not, check your owner’s manual. Can’t find it? Then jot down the model and serial numbers you’ll find on the metal plate attached to the tank, and then call the manufacturer. If your system is at or past its effective lifespan, why not replace it now before trouble begins?
- Metallic taste and smell. If you notice either symptom, your system is starting to break down, with grit and flakes from inside the tank mixing with the water.
- Water stains around your tank. Over time, debris, water scale, and rust can form beneath the tank. That indicates internal tank corrosion…something that can’t be fixed.
- Puddles on the floor. Water leakage from a storage tank indicates internal corrosion, another unrepairable problem.
- Strange noises. Banging, knocking, and other unpleasant sounds indicate that sediment is eroding the inside of your tank. As a result, it will take longer to heat your water which, in turn, drives up your energy costs. Built-up sediment also adds to system wear and tear which will speed up its eventual failure.
Having problems with your water heater? Contact Plumbtastic today to schedule service. If it makes sense to repair vs. replace, we’ll make that recommendation. But if replacement appears to be the better option, we’ll give you choices to help simplify the decision-making process.