Although you rely on your water heater for everyday tasks like showering, washing your clothes, and cleaning dishes, chances are that you don’t really realize how much you count on it to work properly. That is, until it doesn’t. Thankfully, Bears Family Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is here to provide Loveland with affordable residential plumbing services, including water heater replacement. Replacing your hot water heater before it dies is ideal, but how do you know when the right time has come? Let’s review five water heater problems that you should never ignore.
5 Signs You Might Need Hot Water Heater Replacement
It Is Leaking
There are many reasons why a water heater might be leaking. The leak could be coming from a loose fitting or connection, or it could be coming from the tank itself. If it is coming from a fitting or one of the lines, that is great news — many times the leak can be resolved simply by replacing the problematic component. However, if the leak is coming from the tank itself, complete failure could be imminent, placing your home at risk of significant property damage. If you notice a leak, contact us right away for proper diagnosis of the source.
It Doesn’t Produce Enough Hot Water
There is nothing worse than running out of hot water when you are taking a shower, and this is one of the most common signs of a failing water heater. If you are certain that the shortage has nothing to do with the number of people showering in your home or the length of your showers, it might be time to get your water heater inspected. Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of the tank. This sediment not only takes up space in the tank, but it also creates a barrier between the water and the heat source, resulting in a shortage of hot water.
You Notice Rusty or Discolored Water
No one wants to bathe, cook, or clean with discolored, rusty water. However, if your water heater is old enough, there is a possibility that the inside of the tank could begin to rust. This corrosion can spell disaster if left unchecked, and there is an easy way to tell if it is coming from your hot water heater. Simply let the water run for a few minutes and then fill up a couple of buckets, one with only hot water and the other with only cold water. If there is rust in the hot water bucket and not in the cold water bucket, it is time to start thinking about a water heater replacement.
You Hear Odd Noises
We all get used to the various noises that the appliances in our homes make. In fact, you might become so used to them that you don’t even notice your appliances running until they start making a different kind of noise. The same can be said for your hot water heater, and if it has started to make unusual banging or rumbling noises, then it is probably time to call a plumber. These noises could be caused by your water heater working harder than usual to overcome a layer of sediment in the bottom of the tank.
It Is Old
Some homeowners are lucky enough not to have to deal with any type of leaking, hot water shortages, rusty water, or odd noises before their water heater calls it quits. However, you don’t want to find yourself behind the eight ball when your water heater fails because it is old, and it is best to start thinking about water heater replacement before it unexpectedly fails. To prevent emergency replacement, we recommend that you check the date on your water heater. This can usually be found in the first two numbers in the serial number on the manufacturer’s label. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s usually wise to consider replacing it.
Loveland Water Heater Replacement Pros
Have you noticed any of these problems with the hot water heater in your home? If so, it is best to give Bears Family Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call. Our skilled plumbers will perform a detailed inspection of your water heater to diagnose the problem, and we will provide you with a recommended plan of action. Whether we repair your hot water heater or we replace it, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the best plumbing services in Loveland. Give us a call at 970-901-5987 to get started, or reach out to us online.