We love our water heaters, don't we? Water heaters give us a comfortable life, but even with regular maintenance, like all other household appliances, they don't have an infinite life. They have to collapse after years of use. Sometimes they just need a repair and work again.
In other cases, however, they have reached their maximum service capacity and it is time for a replacement. How can you tell the difference?
A water heater has a life expectancy of around 8 to 12 years. Of course, this depends on the design of the device, the model, the maintenance, the quality installation and the water quality. However, if your heater is over 10 years old, works irregularly and is leaking at the bottom of the tank, it is time to buy a new one. Call a Provincial Heating technician before replacing to confirm that the failure is not due to an open circuit breaker or blown fuse. To determine the age, look at the serial number on the manufacturer's sticker. Most models' serial number stickers are usually located on the top of the water heater.
Strange color / odor
If the hot water has a cloudy, metallic smell and taste when switched on, the heater is on the way out. While cloudiness is usually an indication of sediment build-up, a rusty color and smell indicate that the glass lining of the tank has been completely affected. Each of these signs is an indicator that the water heater is failing. Instead of waiting for a complete failure, you should replace it immediately. If you find that both hot and cold water have a rusty smell and appearance, this is a sign that there may be excess iron in the water supply. Although this is more common with well water, corrosive steel pipes can also cause the problem. To confirm your suspicions, talk to your water suppliers and request a water quality report to.
Rumble and noise
With continuous use, and over time the tank can accumulate sediment at the bottom. As the sediment is heated and reheated, it finally hardens. This causes rumble and popping noise from the water heater. Aside from the annoying noises, the accumulation of hardened sediments causes the heater to consume more electricity or gas when it has difficulty heating the water. In the long run, you will incur increased energy costs. Since the heating of water takes additional time due to the hardened sediment, this leads to greater wear of the metal tank. A worn tank becomes brittle and develops tiny holes. Rumbling noises are basically a sign that the heater has reached the end of its service life. If you notice signs of sediment formation early enough, you can prevent the heater from failing by removing the sediment before it hardens.
Leaks or pooling
Leaks in your water heater cause problems. Sometimes you will notice a puddle of water under the unit, and sometimes puddles will form that will dry out quickly and leave deposits around the heater. If this is not remedied, moisture around the device will eventually lead to corrosion. If you notice any of these things, call a plumber immediately. Sometimes the heater may not be leaking, but one of the fittings across the board. A qualified plumber knows how to properly examine and find leaks. Leaks and pooling are often a sign that the heater needs to be replaced. If the water tank bursts, it can cause severe flooding. This is not a problem you want to postpone.
Stops heating as before
If you find that your water is no longer hot but lukewarm, it is a sign of a dying water heater. If you've tried adjusting your thermostat but still not getting the usual hot water volume, plan to buy a new heater because the current one is nearing completion.
Aside from the signs above, a water heater that requires frequent repairs is an indicator of the need for replacement. If various parts of your water heater fail, the entire system must be repaired regularly. If so, get a replacement before the breakdown has a significant impact on your home. Every time you recognize one or more of the above signs, the reluctance to call a plumber will only affect your comfort.
One final hint: A large family will need more hot water and this can shorten the life of a heater compared to the longevity of a heater that only supplies water to one person.