Man vs. Water Heater, who will break first? Most homeowners don’t give much thought to their water heater. It’s usually just an appliance down in the basement that takes up space. And then, the problems begin. Enter countless sleepless nights and endless cold showers (we love to exaggerate).
As much as we rely on this appliance for everything from cleaning and cooking to doing laundry and showering, hot water heaters are not meant to last forever. We would be running an ice cream shop if they did. Who doesn’t love ice cream? So before your floor is soaked and you’re forced to replace your water heater at 3am on a Wednesday, here are a few things to look out for:
If things are cold when they should be hot, something is what it should be not. If you expect to climb into your nice hot shower only to be blindsided by icy cold water, you’ve got a problem. If you suddenly have 2 sink tap handles that both produce cold water, it’s time for a checkup.
Hot water duration
How long does your supply of hot water last? If you were used to longer showers before the hot water ran out, your hot water heater could be walking toward the exit.
Check your floor and the areas around your water heater for stagnant water. If you notice pools of water or streams of water originating from the tank, or puddles around the base of the tank, there could be a major enough leak that will require a replacement. Your water heater is crying for help.
If your water heater is getting up in age and hasn’t been drained, serviced and refilled on a regular basis, it may be time to replace it. Draining it might actually create irreparable leaks. Once this happens, you’re normally looking at a replacement. How old is too old? Normally, a heater starts to have problems past its 8th birthday.
Listen to your water heater. Does it make any clanging noise? Can you hear any pops or other unusual sounds? If you do, it’s time to have Rock Solid replace it (that’s us).
Before you purchase a new water heater, always check your appliance’s nameplate located on the side of your unit. Here you will find helpful information such as your water heater’s capacity, serial number, model, working pressure, installation guidelines, insulation R-value and much more.