Are you having trouble knowing when to replace your water heater? Try following these simple steps to see if yours is in need of replacement.
1. How old is your water heater? Usually water heaters that are ten years old should be considered for replacement. The date that your water heater was made is in the serial code, although it isn’t easy to read. Check your manufacturer’s website for information on how to read the date code in your serial number.
2.Rusty Water: Rusty water is an immediate red flag if coming from the hot side of your water pipes. A good test is to run a few buckets of hot water out of your water heater. If by the third bucket, the water is still rusty, it is likely that the water heater is at fault.
3.Noise coming from water heater: Built up sediment on the tank, hardens over time. As this happens, it causes banging noise to come from within the water heater. If you hear this, the water heater may need to be replaced soon.
4.Water surrounding water heater: This is a sign of a leak in the tank. As the tank heats and expands, cracks and fractures may expand. Be sure to check surrounding pipes, fittings, and connections to the tank for water leaks as well--it’s easier to replace one of those than to buy a whole new tank.
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