Your water heater warms your water for you every day, and you probably don’t give it much thought. However, as it ages, you may notice it’s not working as well as it worked before. And maybe, despite having all of the regularly scheduled service checks performed, you still keep on needing to have it repaired.
How Old Is It?
How old is that water heater? If your home’s water heater has a tank, it may only last about 10 years before it needs to be replaced. If your water heater is a tankless model, it could last up to two decades and maybe even longer.
What’s That Noise?
Your water heater might not be completely silent, but it also shouldn’t be suddenly getting louder than it used to be. If you start to hear gushing and pounding coming from the water heater, that could indicate it might be time for a replacement.
Does Your Home’s Water Look Dirty?
When you turn on your kitchen faucet or go to take a shower, you expect your water to be clear. If it looks dirty, rust-colored, hazy, or cloudy, it could mean that the water heater’s tank is starting to break down and corrode. It will need to be replaced in this case.
Where’s the Hot Water?
If you go to take a hot shower and discover that the water isn’t hot, you might have a problem with your water heater’s heating element. If there suddenly isn’t enough hot water for all of your family members to have a hot shower, that also could mean your water heater is on its last legs and may soon need to be replaced.
Do You Have Leaking Water?
If you find puddles of water around or near your water heater, it likely means that the unit needs to be replaced. At the very least, it means the unit needs to be serviced immediately.
Contact a Professional
If your water heater needs to be serviced or if it’s time to replace it, we are here to assist you at Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Contact us today.