How to Know When to Replace Your Water Heater

Nothing’s better than a long hot shower or steamy water to get your dishes and clothes clean.  When these amenities are taken away it can put quite a strain on your everyday routine.  That’s why it’s important to replace your water heater before it fails. If you don’t you’ll be facing more than cold showers. Water damage may be imminent.

The first sign your water heater needs to be replaced is if water is escaping. If your water heater is leaking there may be some hope to salvage it, but if you block the leak and the issues continue it’s time for a replacement. If you don’t replace your water heater when it leaks your home could suffer water damage.

water heater maintenance and inspection checklistWhen your faucets give you very little to no hot water at all, it’s likely your water heater has broken. If the water coming out of your faucets is unpredictable, changing from hot to cold temperatures unexpectedly, it’s another sign your water heater needs to be replaced. Sometimes, if the weather is cold, these problems may just be a problem with the setting on your water heater.  If you change this setting and continue to see no difference, it is time to exchange your water heater for a new one.

When your water becomes rusty or smelly it’s another mark of a broken water heater.  This is a result of minerals and debris collecting at the bottom of the tank. At least a couple times a year you drain the water heater sediment to prevent problems.

Once the heater can no longer maintain these buildups the effects will start to appear in your water, making it smelly and rusty. This water will definitely start to affect your lifestyle.  This water will make it virtually impossible to clean your clothes, dishes, and even yourself.

If you hear a rattle, or any noise for that matter, coming from your water heater you may need a replacement. If you fail to do so, once again you could be faced with water damage to your home.  These sounds are warning signs that your water heater is about to leak. It will cost you much more in the long run to fix the water damage that could occur if you don’t replace your water heater when it shows you these signs.

If nothing at all appears to be wrong with your water heater there is still one last consideration to take into account, which is age. A water heater will usually start to break after about 10 to 15 years. If you’d rather be safe than sorry, you should consider getting a new water heater at this time.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Replace your water heater before any major problems occur.  If you look for any damages, listen for any noises and feel for any temperature changes you’ll be able to tell when to replace your water heater. If you replace it soon enough you’ll be saving yourself a headache, an empty wallet and a cold shower.
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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.