Fort Worth area homeowners know the importance of an efficient and reliable water heater. You count on your water heater for daily tasks such as taking a shower, doing the laundry, and washing the dishes. Is your water heater operating efficiently? Do you know the signs that your unit needs to be replaced? If you are experiencing issues such as not enough hot water, water discoloration; or if your water heater is more than 10 years old, noisy, or leaking, it is likely time to consider a replacement.
Not Enough Hot Water
If you can’t make it through your daily shower before the water turns cold, it could be a sign you need to replace your water heater. Lack of hot water is one of the most common signs of water heater failure. Overtime sediment accumulates at the bottom of the unit resulting in the inability to properly heat the water.
Is the hot water coming out of the faucet a rust color? This can mean that your aging water heater is beginning to deteriorate from the inside. Old units often begin to rust. If left untreated this can eventually lead to more severe problems that can damage the structure of your home.
Noisy Water Heater
The sediment buildup in the bottom of older water heaters results in a shortage of hot water due to the inability of the heating element to come in direct contact with the water. As the sediment hardens from the constant reheating it can damage the tank result as it moves around. This stage of deterioration is noticeable by the excessive noise during operation.
A sure sign you need to replace your water heater is the appearance of a water leak. The expansion of heated metal will allow any small fracture caused by hardened sediment to leak. Be sure to check your heater’s overflow and pressure valves for leaks, in addition to the main tank.
Water Heater Age
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it. You can determine the age of your unit by checking the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker located near the top of the heater. Check the manufacturer’s website for more information on when to replace it.
If you are looking to replace your water heater call Clearwater Plumbers at (817) 296-0670. We can help you find an efficient water heater to suit your needs.