4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Current Water Heater
A water heater won’t be able to last forever so it’s best to make use of it during its useful years. However, you shouldn’t just latch on a heating system that isn’t functioning well or just bringing more trouble than be of actual use. Although there aren’t any strict regulations on when you should replace your water heater; there are signs and general rules that will tell you that it’s time to let go of the old system and just get a new water heating system.
- The water heater is beyond its intended use
Water heaters have average lifespans that manufacturers point as a guide on when to replace them. The average lifespan of the water heater will also depend on the type of water heater. Water heaters that are over 10 years old should be replaced in general. Of course, some units last longer than others. Case in point; tankless water heaters can last more than a standard heating unit. Tankless heating systems can be used for 20 years. That’s twice as long as when water heaters should be generally replaced. Anyway, if your water heater is past its lifetime then you need to replace it regardless if the water heater is still functional or not. This is to save you trouble in dealing with an old and potentially damage heating system.
- Waters leaks all around your water heater
Not all leaks are fatal for your heating system. In fact, many of these tank leaks are manageable with the help of a professional repair. However, if the leak is too big then the water heater needs to be replaced. Install a water heater expansion tank and don’t set your temperature too high to avoid this from happening again. You see, high temperature can cause the tank to expand until it will eventually break and cause a leak. Another thing you should do is flush the tank at least once a year. Sediments can accumulate at the bottom of the tank and cause leaks in the long term.
- Rusty water is always coming out
Again, this normally shouldn’t be an immediate reason to replace a new heating system but it can also be one of the factors. If you noticed your water heater is spewing out rusty water then here’s what you need to do: replace the anode rod. The anode rod is the first and only defence of the internal heating components from rusting. This anode rod is a metal rod that absorbs all the rusts inside the tank. The anode rod will eventually rusts and must also be replaced. Your rusty water problem may be from a corroded anode rod so try replacing it with a brand new one. If the rusty water still persists then it only means that it’s too late for your water heater. Majority of its internal parts have already rusted.
- It’s always noisy
This means sediments at the bottom of the tank are heating and have already caused a lot of damage to the tank. Apart from damaging the heating system; this will also force the water heater to use more energy for heating since the sediments are also taking heat.