If it’s the middle of summer and you’ve just been outside, then there is no better feeling in the world than a nice, cold shower–especially if your outdoor activities included any kind of exercise.
However, being surprised by a cold shower when you were expecting a hot or at least warm one is another story entirely.
In the first scenario, you probably wouldn’t be concerned at all about the state of your water heater, while in the second scenario you’d probably be rushing to find a new water heater!
Of course, we don’t want you to wait around for this unpleasant surprise before starting to shop for a new water heater. We think it would be nice if you knew with plenty of warning that your water heater is starting to fail, so you can replace it sooner rather than later. The good news is, there are actually plenty of symptoms you can watch out for to get this prior warning. Read on to learn what they are.
Heed These Signs of a Water Heater in Need of an Upgrade
If you start to notice something off with your water heater, be on the lookout for these symptoms. If you pick up on one or more, it means it’s likely time for a replacement, versus a repair.
Your Water Heater Is Aging
Age matters, when it comes to your home comfort systems–no matter what system we’re talking about. If your water heater has reached about 15-20 years of age, it’s going to be ready for replacement soon. Newer systems–even those manufactured just in the last decade, will perform far more efficiently and effectively than older water heaters anyway, meaning you’ll get to pay less for your energy use and potentially even your water use from month to month.
You’ve Discovered a Leak in the Tank
Leaks don’t always mean doom for your water heater. For instance, if the leak is coming from the pressure relief valve, while it may definitely indicate a repair need or a least an adjustment, it doesn’t necessarily mean your water heater is failing. If, however, the leak is coming from the tank itself, it means your water heater has succumbed to corrosion, and it is absolutely time to replace the unit.
You See Rust or Corrosion on the System
Your water heater has defense systems in place to protect the exterior from rust and corrosion. First, it has an anode rod. Composed of magnesium, this rod is designed to absorb rust so that it never reaches your tank. This rod does need to be changed out regularly, and that’s why annual water heater maintenance is so important. The second line of defense is a glass lining in the tank. Over the years, this glass can eventually crack, allowing water to seep behind it. If you see noticeable rust or corrosion on the tank itself, it means you are exposing your drinking and bathing water to that rust, and it’s time to upgrade your water heater!