Your water heater is an easy thing to take for granted. In fact, it’s often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. However, when you stop to think about everything that your water heater makes possible—comfortable showers, sanitary dishes, clean laundry, running the dishwasher—you suddenly realize that your water heater is more important to your home than you originally thought. That’s why you need to keep an eye out for the signs your water heater needs to be replaced.
Water heaters don’t last forever. The average standard tank system lasts between 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. That’s why Axsom Air provides water heater repair and replacement services here in Natchitoches. To schedule service, give us a call today!
What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?
It’s important to recognize the early signs you need water heater replacement. Here are a few red flags that it may be time to replace your water heater soon.
You’re not getting enough hot water
The main purpose of a water heater is pretty simple–to heat water. If your showers start getting cold, this is a telltale sign you need a new unit. Usually, this is an indicator that sediment is building up in the water heater, which separates the water from the heat source. Built-up sediment will also result in damage and less efficiency.
Rusty-colored water from the hot tap
If your water is brown or has a reddish tint, this may indicate that there is rusting going on inside the tank. Not only is this gross and unpleasant to deal with, but it’s also a forewarning that your unit’s anode rod is spent. This means that the inside of the tank itself is starting to corrode.
Pooled water around the unit
Your appliance may already be leaking. If you see moisture building up around the heater, this may signal that there’s a fracture inside the tank. As soon as you detect a leak, you should reach out to us here at Axsom Air to get it replaced.
A properly working water heater should be relatively silent. If you start to hear a rumbling noise or even banging sounds, you probably need a replacement system. Strange sounds typically occur because of sediment building up and hardening.
Time itself may be enough of a reason to get a new water heater installed. Most water heaters only last about 10-15 years—maybe longer, depending on the situation and if the sacrificial anode rod was replaced at some point during the system’s lifespan.
If you know the age of the system, just keep that in mind: if your system is up there in age, you should be prepared to replace it, if needed. If you’re unsure of the age, you can typically find this information by checking the unit for a serial number, and then looking it up on the manufacturer’s website.