Most appliances in our homes break down over time. The water heater is no different. Ideally, it’s best to get a new heater when you notice yours starting to go. However, most people have no idea what signs indicate that you may need a new water heater, resulting in a difficult situation. Look for these indicators when debating when to purchase a new water heater.
Water surrounding the heater. If there is standing or leaking water surrounding your water heater, you need to call a professional immediately. This is a sign of internal failure in the water heater. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for this. Most likely, you will have to replace the water heater ASAP in order to prevent flooding or damage to your home. Before attempting to replace the water heater, make sure to disconnect electricity or turn off the gas until the water has cooled down.
Rusty or muddy water. If you notice that your hot water has a rusty color instead of clear, this is a sign that the inside of the water heater is corroding. When a water heater starts to deteriorate, rust develops in a few places – the tank seams, water supply lines or the drain valve. If you notice that your water is muddy or sandy, this could be a sign of a sediment build up in your tank.
Rumbling noises. While it is normal for your water heater to make sound, it is important to listen for loud cracks and pops. Most noise issues are related to sediment built up inside the water tank. As this sediment is reheated repeatedly, it hardens. When this hardened sediment comes in contact with the heating element, it makes an abundance of noise as it burns the sediment away. Loud cracks or pops indicate that the heating elements and some sort of sediment are interacting with each other within the tank.