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No home would be complete without a water heater. Without a water heater, you’d have no hot water for showers and baths. To ensure that your water heater will last as long as possible, you should do regular maintenance and water heater repair. However, some time or another, your water heater will fail. In general, most water heaters will have a lifespan between 8 to 12 years. The actual lifespan will depend on whether you maintain your water heater regularly and whether you get water heater repair services whenever something comes up.
Still, there will be a time when no repair services will bring your water heater back from the dead. It’s simply come to the end of its life, and you’ll need to start considering replacing it with another model. This article will look at several telltale signs that your water heater is about to fail.
#1. The Water Is Rusty
Every year, one of the most common water heater repair services in Brandon, FL includes removing sediment from the tanks. However, if you’ve already done this, but noticed that your water is consistently rusty, there is a good chance that your water heater may need to be replaced. Rusty water is an indication that there’s a lot of corrosion inside the water heater tank, and it may also indicate that your tank will start to leak soon.
Our technicians will come out to your house to take a look inside the tank to see whether it’s possible to salvage the tank with repair services. To do this, we’ll usually start by draining your water heater to see if the water that comes out is rusty. In general, if we’re able to get over 15 gallons of rusty water from the tank, it’s indicative that the water heater is at fault. It’s also indicative that you’ll need to replace your water heater because water heater repair services simply won’t solve the problem.
It’s important to note that it’s possible that there’s nothing wrong with the water heater tank. In some rare situations, rusty hot water may be indicative of rusty pipes. Usually, this only happens when homeowners have galvanized piping.
#2. You Hear Weird Rumbling Noises
If it sounds like there’s a monster inside your hot water heating tank, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to replace the tank entirely. As your water heater ages, sediment will start to build up at the bottom of the tank. This is why many water heater repair services involve draining the tank and cleaning the inside. As the sediment reaches the bottom of the tank, it will eventually harden. Once that starts to happen, you’ll start to hear weird rumbling sounds coming from the tank. This is usually a good sign that your water heater is nearing the end of its life, and that no water heater repair services will bring it back to life.
When this happens, you really should consider replacing your water heater tank with a new model because it usually means that your water heater will be less efficient. It will be using more gas or electricity to heat up the water, so you’ll end up spending a lot more on your energy bills. It also means that the damage will start to grow exponentially. Soon, you might start to notice leaks as the metal becomes more brittle.
#3. The Water Heater Tank Is Leaking
A sure sign that there’s nothing else that you can do for your water heater is when you notice leaks or even moisture around the tank. Sometimes, it can be difficult to notice small leaks, so all you’ll see is some moisture and liquid around the base of the tank. This usually means that your water heater tank needs to be replaced. It’s important to note that this is inevitable over time as metal will expand and compress as it heats. This will create small fractures in the metal for water to leak out.
To ensure that you are not replacing your water heater tank prematurely, our technicians will inspect the entire tank to make sure that there are no leaks coming from either the fittings or the connections to the tank. At times, the issue may be just a small leak in one of these parts, and replacing the part will solve the problem.
Call Drain Flo Plumbing for a Consultation
Is your water heater acting up? Are you not sure whether it’s time to replace your water heater or whether there are any water heater repair services that can bring it back to life? Depending on how long you’ve had your water heater for and the type of problems that you are encountering, there are various solutions to choose from.
Give Drain Flo Plumbing a call. Our technicians service many parts of Florida, even Brandon, FL, and can come out and offer a consultation at any time based on your convenience. We have affordable water heater repair pricing, and many coupons that will knock some extra dollars off of the overall cost. We can work with you to come up with a solution that will fit both your needs and your budget. If you’re looking to replace your water heater tank, our technicians can take a look at your overall plumbing system and recommend a model and brand that fits your system, as well as your budget. We’ll take various factors into account and even help you install all the parts once you’ve chosen a model that works for you.
Give us a call today at 727-474-4004 if you’re in the Clearwater area and 813-815-7477 if you’re in the Tampa area. You can also reach us by leaving us a message online, and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible. We offer a wide range of plumbing services, from water heater repair to drain cleaning.