Water heaters are one of the great inventions of the last 100 years. However, it is noteworthy to mention that nothing can last forever, and so no matter how nice your water heater is, you will always be faced with the eventual failure of your water heater. Today, we will discuss the indicators which may be telltale signs that your water heater is, in fact, going out.
Signs of a Failing water heater:
There are a variety signs you can look for that will help you identify whether or not your water heater is going out or not. These are only some of the signs of water heater failure but are the most common indicators that you need to watch for.
1. Your Water doesn't get "Hot" anymore
All water from the tap contains some level of minerals in it. These minerals overtime will collect at the bottom of Your water heater. When this happens, the burner below the tank will have to exert more energy in order to heat the water up to the same amount as it did previously result in a lower overall water temperature.
2. Your Water Tank Leaks
It is important to note that a tank may leak for various reasons. These can include:
A. The Tank is overheating
This is caused once again, by the pesky mineral buildup in the bottom of the tank. Due to this, it will cause the burner to work harder, eventually causing a leak at the bottom of the water heater. If your tank is overheating and has begun leaking you should immediately consider replacing the water heater unit.
All metals rust. So, over time your tank may develop rust. This, however, is easier to identify when compared to an overheating tank, due to the fact that your water may appear to have a red or dirty color out of the tap. However, draining and refilling the tank may reduce the amount of rust in your water heater. It is important to note that this is only a temporary solution. Your water heater tank will continue to rust and will need to be replaced eventually
C. Pressure Release Valve
Water may begin to leak out of the pressure release valve. If this is the case, this is an inexpensive repair versus the cost of replacing the entire water heater.
All in all, it is very important to keep an eye out for any and all leaks with your water heater, as is the same with the rest of your plumbing system. If something goes unchecked, this type of failure can cause your entire home to flood.
Are Water Heater Components replaceable?
The answer is yes. Things like the heating element, the pressure release valve, and even the thermostat are replaceable. This, in turn, allows cost to be cut significantly since you are able to have components individually replaced instead of the entire unit.
We at Indoor Comfort Team would be glad to be of service to you. In retrospect, if you have any issues with your water heater, we would love to help in restoring your families quality of life back to where it's supposed to be. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your water heater, do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 314-549-5207 for further assistance. Have a great day!