While a good quality hot water heater can easily last 10 years, proper maintenance can help it to last much longer. Deterioration is often caused by corrosion of the internal parts, or mineral buildup that affects the inner workings of your hot water heater. Many of these issues can be eliminated with regular maintenance, but sometimes, a hot water heater simply reaches the end of its life-cycle. When that happens, you will notice the following signs:
If your hot water heater is leaking when it is standing, it is possible that the inner tank is no longer working as it should.
A slow drip or leak can quickly become worse and if the tank breaks, can lead to serious flooding.
2. Frequent Repairs
If one or more parts keeps causing trouble or breaking, it could be that there is another more serious problem.
When you keep having to repair your hot water heater, you should consider replacing it before it causes a bigger issue.
3. Noisy Unit
Cracking or popping noises from your water heater could be an indication that there’s mineral build-up on the heating elements.
In some cases, a thorough cleanup may suffice, but oftentimes, it could mean that your hot water heater needs to be replaced.
4. Water Discoloration
If your water is sandy or muddy, that could indicate that sediment is built up in your hot water heater tank.
Draining the unit and refiling it might help, but if this happens often, you will need to replace the hot water heater.
5. No Hot Water
The most common symptom of a broken hot water heater, is when you turn on the faucet to find no hot water.
When this happens, you may find that either the circuit breaker has tripped, or that the pilot light is out. Worst case scenario, your hot water heater needs to be replaced.
6. Not Enough Heat
If your water heater has a lot of buildup, it will not function as it should. Sometimes, the water will just warm up to luke warm, which is not warm enough for a good shower. If the temperature is set high enough and there’s no buildup, it could be a sign that the element is no longer working.
Sometimes, you may have to replace your hot water heater, even if there’s nothing wrong with it, including:
When you move into a new home
Unless you can establish that the hot water heater was installed within the last 5 years, you may want to consider having it tested and decide whether you want to replace it.
When your family expands
The amount of water used in your home will determine the size of hot water heater you need. If you have a family of six using lots of hot water all day, your hot water heater will probably have a shorter lifespan than it would if a single person lived in the house. Therefore, if the size of your family expands and you start seeing that your hot water heater is not keeping up with the demand, you will have to consider investing in a new unit.
Here at Anta Plumbing, we deal with hot water heaters every day. In fact, we are specialist Baxi Luna installers and we work hard to bring our clients the most cost-effective solutions to their needs. Speak to us today about your hot heater replacement options.