Signs Your Hot Water Heater is About to Fail

It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that your water heater is about to fail, before a catastrophe happens. Aside from the obvious red flag-- insufficient hot water--there are lots of other signs to tip you off that you may need a new unit soon. Avoid the hassle and damage of a failing water heater, by keeping an eye out for these warning signs:

Consider its age: It’s crucial to know the age of your water heater. You can figure this out by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker on the water heater. An average age that you’ll want to consider a replacement is after your unit is 10 years old.

You notice rusty water: Rusty water can be an indication that you need to replace your water heater. If the rust is coming from the hot side piping in your home, your unit could be rusting from the inside out and may begin to leak soon. If you have galvanized piping, your pipes could be the cause. A good way to test this is to drain a few buckets of hot water out of the water heater. If, by the third bucket the water is still rusty, it’s time to consider a replacement.

Listen up: Sediment will build on the bottom of your water heater’s tank as the unit ages. When the sediment is heated and reheated it eventually hardens. When this happens you will begin to hear rumbling and banging sounds coming from your heater. Listen out for these sounds so you can prevent a leaky disaster before it occurs.

Inspect for water: If you notice moisture around your water heater, you may have a small leak or fracture. Leaking hot water from the tank is an obvious sign of trouble and requires the immediate replacement of the water heater. A leaking water heater can flood your entire home if not replaced immediately.

If you are you experiencing any of the above signs or are concerned about water heater failure, make sure to give the experts at A.B. May a call! To schedule service or to learn more about the services offered, visit our website or call us at 913-370-4898.