One of the most frustrating things a homeowner can deal with is a broken water heater. You go get into the shower, turn the water on, and... it never gets warm. You may happen to notice leaks in the utility room or simply be living with the fact that you know your water heater is getting old. Here are the five warning signs that indicate you may need a new water heater.
- Age: Old water heaters tend to break down due to continual wear over the years. The typical life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years, but they may wear out sooner with more frequent use or last longer with less use. Older water heaters are not as efficient as newer units.
- No Hot Water: We outlined the terrible scenario in the first paragraph; we’ve all been there at some point. You may be able to do a little deductive troubleshooting on your own. Check the dip tube, thermostat, and heating element before throwing in the towel.
- Metallic Taste or Rust Stains: Rust in the water is a sure sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. Flakes and grit from inside the tank will mix with your water and cause it to look or taste funny.
- Leaks: A small, slow drip can turn into a serious problem more quickly than you would think. A small, steady leak will increase your water bill over time and has the potential to cause wood rot and black mold. Sudden big leaks can turn into an emergency flood situation very quickly. A leaky water heater is generally a sign of internal damage and replacement is often required.
- Odd Noises: A water heater is designed to work quietly. Any type of cracks or pops should be considered a sign that something bad is about to happen. This is usually an indication that the heating elements contain mineral buildup and are about to go out.
Traditional Tank or Tankless Water Heater
Each type of water heater has its own unique pros and cons. Some homeowners choose to buy a new tank style water heater because that’s what they’ve always had. Others choose to go with the newest tankless water heater technology to check it out. There’s not really a wrong way to go; it depends entirely on your preference and the amount of hot water you need on a daily basis.
Kizen Plumbing serves the plumbing needs of homeowners in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 310-644-9757 if you’re in need of a plumber in the greater Los Angeles area. We’ll schedule your appointment as soon as possible and help you choose between a traditional hot water heater or a tankless water heater if needed.