The only time many homeowners realize they have a water heater is when they have to take a cold shower or wash the dishes without any hot water. Like most major appliances in your home, water heaters will break down after a period of time. In a perfect world you would replace it before this happens, but most homeowners don’t know when their water heater is about to fail and unfortunately run into bigger problems as a result.
Signs Your Water Heater is Going to Explode
1. Water not hot enough. You may need a new water heater if your shower keeps getting cold before you can finish it. This is probably the most common sign that you need a new water heater. Sediment can buildup, separate water from the heat sources and take up space. That means less hot water in the tank.
2. Rusty water. Rusty water is a sign that it’s rusting on the inside. It’s also a sign that it’s going to start leaking soon. You can see if your water heater is rusty by filling a few five-gallon buckets. If you see rust, you should replace your water heater. You can prevent rust buildup by adding a magnesium, zinc or aluminum anode to your water heater.
3. Water leaks. Fractures can occur in your water heater because as metal heats, it expands. This can cause water to start leaking. Other than the fact you have a leak you can have damage in your basement or utility closet. If you discover a leak, you’ll have to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming from the fittings or connections to the tank. Call an experienced professional if your water heater is leaking.
4. Water heater makes noise. Sediment will buildup in your water heater as it ages. When the sediment is heated and reheated, it will start to become hard. The hardened sediment will take up room in your heater. This will lead to rumbling noises and you’ll run out of hot water sooner than you’d like.
5. Water tastes bad. When your water heater starts to age, grit and flakes from the inner tank combine with your water supply and your hot water can start to have a metallic smell and taste to it. This is another sign that your water heater is breaking down.
6. An old water heater unit. You can find the exact age of your water heater on the manufacturers label. The first two numbers of the serial number usually represent the year. If you find that your water heater is more than 10 years old, you should have it replaced. Your water heater will last longer if you flush it once a year. You just need to be careful not to burn yourself-the water is hot!
Water Heater Installation, Replacement & More in Golden Gate Estates, Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida
The sooner you replace a problematic water heater the better. Doing so reduces the risk of mold, mildew or water damage. More efficient water heaters also help you save water, energy and money on expensive repairs in the future. Contact AAA Water Team any time for quick, courteous service!