Your water heater will not last forever. In fact, most water heaters have a lifespan of about eight to ten years. However, your water heater may need to be replaced or repaired prior to or after that timeframe.
While a quality water heater service and repair company can help prolong its life, you should be aware of the warning signs your water heater is going out.
Not Enough Hot Water: Your water heater has one job: heat water. When your hot water heater fails to do this, it can be more than just a nuisance. After all, you shower, wash dishes, run your washer machine and do much more with hot water. A water heater that does not provide hot water may be affected by one of three things: a misadjusted thermostat, a broken heating element, or it is undersized for your water use. Luckily, most of these things can be quickly remedied or repaired. However, an undersized water heater will never be able to keep up with your heating needs and must be replaced.
Rusty Water: Steel is one of the most durable metals on earth. However, it is still susceptible to corrosion. For those with a steel water heater, rust is a sure sign that something is going wrong and you may need a water heater repair or replacement.
Leaking: Water should never actually accumulate around your water heater. If you see water around the base, it is a sure sign of a leak. Leaks often occur because of the expansions that naturally result within the tank as your water heats. As your tank ages, these expansions can cause fractures within the inner tank. As your tank continues to heat, water will begin to leak through these fractures and out onto your floor. Leaking is a serious problem.
At JBK Plumbers, we know how to provide the best water heater service and repair. We understand water heater replacements can be expensive. Because of this, we look to make any possible repairs first. However, as experienced plumbers – we know when repairs will no longer sustain your water heater.
If you believe you may need to repair or replace your hot water heater, contact JBK Plumbers today!