At Quality First Plumbing and Heating, we know it can be difficult to know how to tell when you need to repair your water heater or when you need a new water heater out right. If your water heater is not working, contact our expert Aurora, CO plumbers have years of combined experience and have narrowed it down to these 10 tips on how to check if you need a new water heater!
Signs It's Time to Buy a New Water Heater
10. Water Heater is Over a Decade Old.
You have no idea the last time your water heater was replaced. Most water heaters last between 10 and 15 years. If yours is older or you aren’t sure when it was last replaced, it may be nearing the end of its life.
9. Rusty Colored Water
When you turn on the hot water, the clear water you are used to turns to a rusty color that is anything but pleasing.
8. No Hot Water
You turn on the hot water to find no hot water. This can be caused by one of two things. One, your pilot light is out or the circuit breaker has tripped. Or two, your hot water heater has reached the end of its useful life.
7. Sediment at the Bottom of Your Water Heater
Muddy or sandy water can be a sign of sediment build up in your tank. In some cases you can drain the contents to remove sediment and bring your water heater back to normal.
6. Strange Smells
When you turn on the hot water, it has a metallic smell and taste to it. This is a sign that the water heater is breaking down, with grit and flakes from the inner tank combining with your water supply.
5. Thermostat Problems
Warm water but not hot water can be an indication of your heating element burning out. Adjust your thermostat to make sure the temperature is set between 120 to 140 degrees, anything lower could provide warm but not hot water.
4. Amount of Water Heater Usage
How often do you use hot water in your home? A home with a family of six that actively uses hot water all day long will have a water heater with a shorter life than an individual living alone and frequently not at home due to travel arrangements.
3. Odd Noises
Noise is always an indicator. If you hear your water heater – loud cracks and pops for instance – it may be an indication that the interaction between the heating elements and the inside heater has mineral build up on them.
2. Frequent Repairs
Repairs keep adding up. When something keeps breaking, causing problems, or otherwise gives you trouble, it’s a sign that more problems are sure to come. And when that happens, sometimes your best route is to replace it before serious damage impacts your life.
Leaks are never a good thing. If you notice water puddling around your water heater, or it leaks when standing, it’s a sign the inner tank has reached the end of its life. Slow drips and leaks quickly escalate, causing serious flooding if the entire tank breaks.
Is it time to replace your water heater? Call Quality First Plumbing & Heating today at (720) 548-2770 to schedule an appointment with an experienced water heater technician. We can walk you through your options and help you select the perfect replacement system for your needs!