In most households, warm running water is vital. We use it to shower, bathe, and clean up. On average, each person uses warm water up to 20 times per day. Multiply that amount by the number of people in the household, and you’ll see the demand for hot water is immense. Sooner or later, you’ll run into trouble. A hot water heater is only designed to last for so long. Constant use plus a lack of maintenance could lead to trouble, and sooner rather than later.
First, when it comes to a water heater, age is the primary concern. Nothing will last forever, after all. The longer you live in the home, the more likely you are to require a replacement water heater. The problem is, most homeowners are unaware of just how old their water heater is. Not knowing leads to significant risks.
Steel is considered one of the strongest materials in the world. However, its weakness is rust. When corrosion occurs, it slowly spreads, eating through the steel of a water heater tank. You’ll notice specks of rust in the water, which is a telltale sign of a tank breaking down.
Odd noises stemming from your water heater tank are a sure sign of trouble. As your heater ages, you’ll notice rumbling sounds that grow in intensity. For households consuming large amounts of water, this problem is likely to occur sooner.
When it comes to plumbing, leaks constitute a worst-case scenario. With a water heater, you’ll spot water pooling underneath the tank – a clear sign of a leak. Leaks primarily occur due to expansion. As the tank is exposed to heating cycles, the material expands and contracts. This weakens the material over time, leading to cracks and holes, and therefore leaks.
A burst of hot water followed by a gush of freezing water is unbearable for most. If your water heater is not heating adequately, you cannot clean your dishes, run the washing machine, or shower properly. A thermostat may be the likely cause.