Most water heaters last for 8 to 10 ten years, unless you have a gas water heater which has a shorter life span of about 6 to 8 years. However regular maintenance will extend the life of your water heater.
It is best though to replace your water heater before then if there is rusting, noises, leaks, and failure to heat the water.
Rusty water/ Rusty valve.
When using a water heater past it’s expiration date, rusting is inevitable. So if you notice rusting around the water inlet or pressure release valve then there is most likely rust on the inside of the tank as well.
If your tap water is coming out rusty it could either be from rusty pipes or a rusty tank. To determine where the rust is coming from, drain a few bucket fulls of hot water from your water heater. If the water is still coming out rusty on the third bucket then the rust is coming from the water heater.
When there is noise coming from your hot water heater, it’s most likely due to sediment build up. Sediment build up will wear down a water heater quickly the more it builds up. A lot of build up will cause the tank to consume more energy. Make sure you’re flushing your water heater once a year. Read our blog post on How To Flush Your Hot Water Heater
The older your hot water heater gets, the higher the chance there will be leaks
Causes of leaks are often the result of expansions in the tank. Leaks may also be due to fittings and connections to the tank or temperature overflow pipe.
Failure to heat water
When your water heater isn’t heating water, then it could be a problem with the thermostat, broken heating element, or the tank is too small for your house.
Thermostat settings on your water heater should be set to 120 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit
If only cold water is coming from faucets then there is probably a broken heating element. If that’s the issue, call us today and we’ll have the problem fixed in no time!
If you recently gained more members to your household, then there is more consumption of hot water and there may not be enough. You should consider then to install a larger hot water heater for your home.
If it’s time for you to replace your water heater, call us at 814-266-8605 today!