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3 Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad

Your water heater plays a pretty important part in your home. It provides hot water for dishes, a shower, to wash your hands, your laundry, etc. It has so many functions and plays a big part in your everyday life at home. This is why it is important to know the signs of a failing water heater. Knowing the signs might help you catch it before it goes out on you in the middle of your shower. Here are three signs to watch for that tell you it’s time for a new water heater:

  1. A Lot of Noise- If your water heater is groaning and rumbling and getting louder and louder each time it heats up your water, this could be a sign that it is failing. Sediment buildup is likely clogging your water system, so in order to determine the correct cause of the noise, it is best to have a professional flush your system and check it out. This will help you determine if your water heater does need to be replaced or just serviced.
  2. Your Water Heater is Old- A water heater would be considered old at 10+ years. Though it might be old, that doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced right away. Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater and makes it difficult for your heater to do its job. The sediment will break down the tank over time and cause your water heater to fail. The best way to slow down the effects of the sediment is to have your water heater serviced and taken care of every now and then. If your water heater is 10+ years old and the sediment has done significant damage, it would be best to look for a new water heater.
  3. Rust in Your Water- Another sign your water heater is failing is if your water is discolored. This means your heater tank is corroding and rust is getting into your water. Tanks have a coating to slow corrosion, but over time, the coating breaks down and rust starts to form. Rust in your water isn’t necessarily harmful, but it can damage your appliances and won’t taste good.

Keep an eye on your water heater and watch for any of these three signs. If your water heater is having issues, call us today at On-Deck Plumbing, and we will come determine if it is time for you to get a new water heater.