3 Signs Of A Failing Water Heater
Have you heard the story about the homeowner who walked into her home after work to several inches of water covering the floor? It’s a familiar story; one that pops up in neighborhoods across Atlanta from time to time.
Your water heater can be a ticking time bomb, ready to make you the next storyteller. Of course, if you pay attention, you can catch it before it happens and save yourself the trouble of having to tell the story at all.
Water heaters rarely break without warning. It might be telling you right now that it’s reaching its breaking point – do you know if your water heater is failing?
How old is your water heater?
The average water heater will last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. The closer you get to this timeframe, the higher chance your water heater might fail.
If you’ve recently moved into your home and don’t know your water heater’s age, look for the manufacturer’s sticker located on the upper portion of the equipment. The manufacturer will include a serial number, which can help you determine the age. Check with your water heater’s manufacturer to determine when the equipment was made.
If your water heater is in a location that will cause damage to your home, replace your water heater sooner rather than later as you approach the ten-year mark to avoid a catastrophe when you least expect it.
Does your water heater make noise?
As a water heater ages, things begin to change. Sediment can build up within the tank and harden as it heats and reheats over time. When the buildup becomes too much, it can start creating rumbling noises within the tank. This makes your water heater less energy efficient than when it was newer. It also means it’s causing more damage to the entire system, making cracks and leaks easier to occur.
Do you see pooling water anywhere?
Never assume your water heater is “out of sight, out of mind.” Check it periodically to ensure the area stays clean and free of water. If you see water pooling around the equipment, it might be a sign of a fracture within the tank. It may also be a connection that has wiggled loose. The only way to ensure it’s not failing is to call in a technician to inspect the system and ensure it’s operating as it should.
Have you ever experienced a broken water heater? What steps are you taking to ensure it doesn’t happen again?