Like any home appliance, a water heater commonly known as a geyser breaks down over a period of time. So if you do not want to take a cold shower, you’d replace your water heater before it completely stops working. If you wait too long it may lead to bigger problems like large leaks and seepage problem. So how do you know when it’s time for a replacement? There are some very clear signs that indicate that it’s time buys a new water heater.
Sign 1 # Age of heater
The older a water heater gets, the more likely it’s about to break down. If your water heater is over 10 to 12 years old and gets used regularly, it has already reached its life expectancy.
Sign 2 # Leakage from tank
A leak from your hot water tank is usually caused by an internal problem. If you spot a leak on your water heater call a plumber immediately. However, before replacing your water heater, make sure there are no other leaks coming from either the fittings or connections to the tank. If the leak is big and damaging, it’s quite likely your water heater will need to be replaced.
Sign 3 # Visible rust in water
Check your water heater for any rust or corrosion. Inspect the area around the temperature pressure valve and the inlet outlet connections. If there is visible rust in water, this could mean there is rust inside the tank. The thing with rust or corrosion is that once it starts it cannot be reversed. It is only a matter of time before the rust damages the tank, making it leak.
Sign 4 # Luke warm or cold water
If water isn’t as hot as it used to be, or isn’t hot at all, then the heating element of the water heater may be failing due to sediments build up or age. If the heater is quite old than it may not be worth to replace the heating element.