Having issues with your water heater is never a fun situation. Fortunately, water heaters rarely fail without giving some signs that they are having problems. Water leaks, lack of hot water, or low pressure are just some warnings to keep in mind. Below is more information to help you determine if it is time for a possible water heater repair or replacement.
The Age of Your Water Heater
Your unit must be adequately maintained, whether you have a standard heater or a tankless water heater. Your water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year. Many cities in and around Salt Lake and Utah counties are notorious for hard water issues. You should consider flushing your system every six months if your water supply has more than average minerals and sediment. Most water heater tanks should last between 6 and 12 years, while a tankless tank can last 20 years if regularly maintained. You can check your water heater or home warranty to learn more about what to expect.
Wear and Tear
As we said above, water heaters will usually show their age before the issue worsens. Think of the episode where the water heater bursts and floods the basement in The Sopranos if you are a fan of the series. Here are a few of the most common things you can look for to help keep your water heater system running smoothly.
A Lack of Hot Water: You should understand how much hot water you can use before it runs out over the years. Is your water getting cold after just a few minutes in the shower? When you wash the dishes in your sink, do you notice the water getting cold? When you run out of hot water faster than usual, your tank may be filled with sediment or could even be leaking water.
Rust or Discolored Water: Pay attention to your home water quality. Rusty water can signify that your tank is rusting from the inside. The water may also smell metallic we appear cloudy in color. These are all signs that your system has internal issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Knocking Noises: As sediment builds up in your tank, you may notice strange banging noises. Knocking happens when sediment hardens and hits your tank. These pings and knocks should let you know that your water heater needs to be flushed and inspected. In most cases, your water heater should be able to run with very little noise happening.
Repairing Versus Replacing
A dependable plumbing company should put you in a position where you know all your options. In most cases, this is a matter of comparing the pros vs. cons of repairing the unit and replacing it with a newer model. In some situations, the unit may be past the point of repair, and you will get diminishing returns on your investment. Fortunately, replacement means an ideal time to consider upgrading to an energy-efficient model or enjoy a tankless system’s benefits. Our technicians are here to help diagnose your burner assembly, heating elements, valves, thermostat, igniters, and motor to help address and fix the issues. If you live in or around Salt Lake City, UT, call us at (801) 601-1298 for your next water heater service call.