But, when you turn the handle, and no hot water comes out, you know something is wrong with your water heater. It might be a simple repair. Or it might be a complete replacement. Here are three signs that you need to get a new water heater now.
Your water heater should not leak. It is build to completely contain the water it heats. Even with metal expansion and contraction, leaks should not appear. If you find water standing at the base of your heater, check all connections going into the unit. It could be as simple as a loose fitting or weld coming loose. Those can be fixed. If you find water standing and it is coming from the water heater itself, the tank is leaking and you must replace it.
Banging and Rumbling
If your water heater is making banging or rumbling noises, it may be ready to start leaking. Water contains microscopic sediment. Over time, this sediment settles into the bottom of a water heater. The sediment can harden and alter the flow of the water through the tank. That is what causes the banging and rumbling noises, especially when the water heater is warming the water. Harden sediment makes the water heater work harder to get the water hot. Extended heating causes cracks, which will cause the water heater to fail.
Your Water Heater Keeps Turning Off
If you water heater keeps turning off, this could be a sign that it is failing and needs to be replaced. The last thing you want to do is have to keep turning your water heater on all the time, especially if it is difficult to turn on. This could be due to a pilot light malfunction. This can become increasingly frustrating if you need to use hot water for any reason. And if you are having to turn on the water heater on a regular basis, it may even feel like you water isn’t even getting warm.
Rust in the water is a sign that the inside of the inner tank is eroding. And that means the tank will fail at some point. Now, it may not show up when you take a shower or do the dishes. To see if your water heater is starting to rust, you want to see the water that is at the bottom of the tank. The best way to do that is to draw 3 or 4 five-gallon buckets of hot water. The final bucket will tell you what the water looks like further down the water heater. If you find rust, its time to call a plumber, like those at Moon Valley Plumbing.
If your water heater is on its last legs, you need to get it replaced as soon as possible. It is a job best left to professional plumbers. The professionals can install the water heater according to local building codes and do the job right so you get your hot water flowing again.