When an appliance breaks down, it’s usually easy to tell whether it needs replaced. However, there are other objects around the house that may be a bit harder to notice because they aren’t out in the open, such as your water heater. Here are a few signs your water heater needs replaced.
Rust in the Water
If you notice rust coming from your tap when you have it turned to hot but not cold, it could be a sign you need a replacement. When this happens, it could be due to the water heater rusting away from the inside out.
Hot Water Runs Slowly
If your hot water doesn’t run from the tap as fast as it used to, you may need a new hot water heater. This is usually caused by sediment buildup in your tank which makes your hot water run less efficiently.
Your hot water heater should run quietly in the background. Therefore, if you suddenly notice a rumbling, grating or sputtering noise from your heater, it could be near the end of its life.
Age of Your Heater
Most hot water heaters last a decade. If your tank is well over 10 years old, it could be time to replace it before you end up with a broken-down heater.
Using these signs as a guideline should help you determine if your hot water heater needs replacement. For more information, contact Ernie's Plumbing & Sewer Service.