Your hot water heater is an essential component in your home. But when is the last time you even checked to make sure it was working properly? The fact is many homeowners neglect their hot water heaters until it is too late. And nothing is quite as annoying as being without hot water for a couple days.
This article from eHow.com outlines several warning signs you should look for that might indicate it is time for a new hot water heater, giving you plenty of time to replace your unit before you find yourself taking an ice cold shower one morning.
These warning signs include…
Not Enough Hot Water: If your hot water heater is not lasting as long as it used to, this may be a sign that it has reached the end of its life. This is often caused by a dying gas burner or electrical heating element. A short supply of hot water can also mean that the dip tubes have fallen apart. While these elements can be repaired, it is only wise to do so in a heater that is less than seven years old. If your heater is more than 7 years old, it would be wise to purchase a newer unit.
Dirty Water: As you might have guessed, dirty water is not a good thing. If you start having a problem with dirty water, check with your neighbors first. If they are having the same issue, it may be a problem with the water company. If they aren’t having the same problem, you will need a new hot water heater.
Malodorous Water: Bad smells mean bad things. If you tank is older than 10 years and you start noticing a strange smell, it is time for a new tank. The sediments that naturally build up in your tank can become malodorous, causing your water to smell. If you have a hot water heater that is less than 10 years old, flushing it may alleviate the problem.
Looks: Whoever said looks can be deceiving was obviously not talking about hot water heaters. If there is water collecting on the top or underneath the tank, if rust or corrosion is starting to develop, or if there is any other oddity or sign of deterioration, chances are that you need a new heater.
Age: Even if you are not experiencing any of the above problems, if your tank is 10 years old or more you should probably start looking for a new tank. Older tanks are less efficient and after 10 years, they will start to break down. So even if you aren’t having any problems now, it is only a matter of time.
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