With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to check up on your water heater. A cold burst of water during your morning shower might wake you up, but it’s cause for concern. With a few quick checks, you can prevent a big mess further down the road.
Watch Out for These Water Heater Symptoms
- Rusty or cloudy water. This is a sign that the inside of the tank is rusting and deteriorating. This can be caused by mineral buildup. This is also likely a sign of future leaks.
- Unexpected noises. From clanking to knocking, anything unexpected could be a sign of a future burst tank. Noises will get louder over time, and in households with higher water use, the problem will be even more obvious. These noises are caused by hardened, built-up sediment.
- Cold Water. If you’re getting cold water when you want hot, this is the most noticeable clue that something is wrong. This could be from a broken heating element.
- Leaking. Leaking around the tank or the pressure release valve is a sign of wear.
- Age. The typical lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 10 years with regular maintenance. If your water heater is older than that and has had a lot of repairs done, it’s probably time to consider a replacement.
You don’t want to be caught midwinter without hot water. From showers and baths to water for dishes and laundry, hot water is an important household necessity. And, unfortunately, it’s often overlooked until it’s too late.
Maintenance and Repairs for Your Water Heater
While yearly maintenance is recommended to keep your water heater running smoothly and efficiently, if it’s experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, now is the perfect time to get a replacement.
The experts at Plumb Doctor are ready to help homeowners in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get started!