Residential water heaters are essential in your home, but even when you stay on top of maintenance, you will need to replace yours at some point. Maintenance tips like following your water heater's servicing schedule, insulating pipes, flushing regularly, or regular inspection can help prolong its lifespan.
However, even the best water heater brands reach their limit, and a malfunctioning unit won't give you what you need. So, take a look at ways to identify the moment you need to replace your water heater.
Electric water heaters last a bit longer than their gas-based counterparts. That said, if your water heater has moved past the ten-year mark, it's time to get a new one, especially if it shows signs of strain.
If you move into a new residence, ask the previous owner or your landlord about the water heater's age. Alternatively, you can verify the unit's age by checking the label on the unit, which usually includes the installation date.
If the heater doesn't have this label or the installation date is missing, you can use the manufacturer's serial number. Decode the numbers, and you will find out all you need to know about your water heater.
When your water heater starts to leak, it's time to call in an expert. Leaking may result from the continuous expansion and contraction of your tank. Over time breaks may occur, which leads to multiple leaks from your unit. Or sometimes, it may just be a pipe, connector, or screw that needs a little tightening.
Inspect to see if you have any of these problems. Remember, water heaters may have condensation water on them, especially in high humid areas. But this condensation shouldn't form a pool of water on your floor. So, if you notice a puddle of water at the bottom of your water heater, you might have a leak.
A water heater's main job is to provide hot water whenever you need it. If your unit is not heating water or periodically gives you lukewarm water, call a professional to diagnose the problem.
Of course, other issues other than age may contribute to delayed hot showers or lukewarm water. For example, your water heater's tank might have sediment settled at the bottom. Built-up sediment blocks the pipes and creates low hot water pressure. Your unit's burner or heating element could also be faulty. Ultimately, these issues lead to high energy bills if you don't address them on time.
But before you look for bigger issues, check if you lowered the temperature yourself. But remember, temperature fluctuations are not normal. To learn more information about plumbing, reach out to a company such as Alabama Plumbing and Gas Service, Inc.