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Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

Posted by Gary Gray on Oct 24, 2018

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A number of problems can cause changes in your water, but most are often related to a dying hot water heater. In particular, if you notice any strange sounds, leaks, or hot water going in and out, it is probably a sign of needing a new water heater. Here are a few indicators you should watch for.

Your Water Isn't Getting Hot

The most obvious symptom your hot water heater is on the fritz is that you cannot get any hot water. This could be due to  having a broken heating element, bad relay, or faulty burner. Either way, a replacement is usually your best option.

Water Is Gathering Around the Heater

Having a leak in your hot water heater is a serious issue. The most common cause of such a leak is that the metal in the tank is weakening due to small expansions over time. A leak can also be related to a problem with the tank's connections or the pressure overflow pipe.

Your Heater Is Making Noises

In general, hot water heaters should not make any noise at all. They are designed to be quiet and inconspicuous. So any time you hear sounds coming from the heater, it's a sign of a major problem. Common sounds you might hear include crackling, popping, rumbling, or pounding.

You Water Heater Is Old

Typically, the average hot water heater only lasts for  about 8-10 years. If you have a gas water heater, it might not even make it to eight years. After that, you'll start experiencing a lot of issues as well as decreased efficiency. We definitely recommend replacing your water heater around these times to keep your home's hot water safe and plentiful.

You Notice Rust in Your Water

It is always a shock when your normally clear water starts coming out a murky brown. This is often caused by rust in the water heater tank, but it can also happen after a lot of sediment builds up in the tank. Usually, these problems are a quick fix with a little maintenance, but if they keep happening on a regular basis, your best bet may be to upgrade to a new unit.

Your Water Has a Metallic Taste

It should come as no surprise that if you have issues with rust and sediment in your tank, the water will  start tasting metallic. This can also be a sign that the metal in the tank is starting to break down, entering into your clean water supply. This will not only make your water taste bad, but ultimately could pose a health risk

Is your hot water heater suffering from any of these issues? If so, David Gray Plumbing can help. We can easily help you select the water heater that meets your needs, whether you're looking for endless hot water or the most efficient model possible. Just contact us today at 904-204-5506 to get started.

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