Imagine friends coming over for a visit and, out of nowhere, one of them asks: “So, how’s your water heater?”
Here’s how you WOULDN’T reply: “I thought you’d never ask!” Then again, your friend wouldn’t ask that question in the first place – it’s the kind of thing people discuss only when there’s a problem.
What kind of problem? Here are a few warning signs unique to storage tank water heaters, and what may be causing them.
Not Enough Hot Water
With an estimated lifespan of 10-12 years, sooner or later your gas or electric system is going to come up short on hot water. It often happens when mineral deposits inside the tank form a barrier between the water and burner. Little by little, less heat reaches the water.
Internal mineral build-up also can create air pockets that boil and pop loudly enough for you to hear.
Yes, it’s those dreaded mineral deposits again, clouding up your hot water and producing a metallic odor or taste. Water tinted orange or red is produced by internal tank rust.
Leaking Hot Water Tank
If water is leaking from the tank, chances are it’s beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
If your water heater is at least ten years old, it’s a good idea to replace it now before problems arise. That gives you more time to consider the type of system that best suits you now.
If your water heater is showing signs of disrepair OR if it’s been more than a year since it was last inspected, contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air for prompt and dependable service.