Your water heater is a big part of your daily tasks. Whether it’s washing dishes or your regular shower, your water heater is there assisting! It’s usually not until the hot water runs out that most homeowners consider replacing it, but there are other signs. Knowing what to spot can not only extend your water heater’s life but save you from some unnecessary repairs.
1. Clear No More
Noticing a brownish tinge or a gritty or sand consistency; your water heater might be on it’s way out. If you see more of a muddy or sandy texture, it could just be sediment build up. Draining the tank might be all you need, but if you still see a color difference, it might be time to invest in a new n!
2. Strange Noises, Smells or Taste
Crackle and popping noises, smells and metallics tastes are all signs that something is wrong! Sounds could be a hint or mineral build up. If you are noticing a bad smell or taste — this is a sign of a breakdown. The taste and smell could be due to material from your inner tank mixing with your water, and it might be time to get a new one!
An average water heater lifespan is anywhere from ten to fifteen years with regular use, but use plays a significant factor in that. If you have a large family size, your lifespan will be shorter than someone with a smaller family or living alone. If you can’t remember the lifespan of your heater — it might be time to schedule some maintenance.
4. Your BFF’s With Your Repair Man
A repair here and there is excellent but if you have your repairman on speed dial — it might be cost-effective to look into a replacement. A new heater now can save you money in the long run!
A little leak might seem like nothing, but it’s not something to ignore. Water puddling can be a sign of your inner tank starting to go. Though it might look like a little puddle now — a leak can go from puddle to flood quickly so don’t ignore it!
Scott Hale Plumbing is the intelligent choice for all your plumbing needs in Salt Lake City – so for help with repairs request service or call us today.