You probably don’t give your water heater much thought. However, these machines do wear out after about 10 years. Water heater replacement or repair in Birmingham, AL, is easier before your water heater goes out than after. Here’s how to know when the unit is nearing its end:
Discolored Hot Water
When the inside of your water heater is rusty or corroded, you’re likely to have discolored water. The water might have a metallic smell or taste. It could look muddy or contain flaky grit. Interior rust means that the unit is breaking down inside and at high risk for leaks. This is a strong sign that you need a water heater replacement.
Not Enough Hot Water
If your hot water runs out before you complete your shower, it’s replacement time. Showers that turn cold too soon are the most common sign that the unit is about to go bad. Insufficient hot water is usually due to a sediment buildup that prevents your water from connecting with the heating element.
Banging, Popping, Rumbling and Crackling
Sediment causes noisy water heating. If the unit makes banging or rumbling noises when it heats your water, it’s ripe for a leak. The longer the sediment is in the tank, the more wear and tear it will cause and the more likely the tank will be to develop small cracks and holes.
Leaks Coming from the Tank
A leak is a red flag that requires immediate attention. As the tank heats, expanding metal can create small cracks which can start to leak. The leaks could be large enough to cause damage in the vicinity of the unit. Usually, these kinds of leaks only occur while the metal is hot. They stop when the metal cools off. If you have a leak, schedule your water heater repair or water heater replacement immediately to avoid potentially serious water damage.
If you need water heater replacement in Birmingham, AL, consider a high-efficiency tankless unit that provides hot water on demand. To learn more about state-of-the-art water heaters, visit Benjamin Franklin Plumbing or call (205) 236-4067 if you have any questions.