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Is Your Water Heater on Its Last Leg? Know the Signs & Find a Solution

If you’re researching ways to determine water heater failure, then you’re ahead of the game. Most people are taken completely by surprise by a water heater on strike.

To help you avoid that, we have organized a list of signs your hot water heater is failing below.. We advise keeping these symptoms in mind so you will have a little hot water downtime as possible when problems do arise; no one wants to be shocked by a cold shower first thing in the morning, in the middle of winter nonetheless! Take a look, and of course, Quality Degree is always here help you determine the best course of action when the time comes.

1. Is Your Water Heater a Senior?

How old is your water heater? If you don’t remember, you can still determine it. There should be a sticker near the top of your heater with a serial number on it. The first letter stands for the month, but it will be represented in the order of “ABCDEFGHIJKL” rather than the initial of that month. So, January is “A” as the first month, and November is “K” as the eleventh month, and so on and so forth. The year will be next as the last two digits of that year.

To help you avoid that, we have organized a list of signs your hot water heater is failing below.. We advise keeping these symptoms in mind so you will have a little hot water downtime as possible when problems do arise; no one wants to be shocked by a cold shower first thing in the morning, in the middle of winter nonetheless! Take a look, and of course, Quality Degree is always here help you determine the best course of action when the time comes.

Examples: B062645886 = February 2006. G106575324 = July 2010.

If your water heater is over ten years old, it is probably not reliable anymore. Even if it seems fine, it could suddenly spring a leak and cause damage to your home. A replacement is the best option here.

2. Is Your Hot Water Rusty?

For this to be related to your water heater, you would be noticing the rusty water only when the hot water is turned on.

This could be due to your pipes or your water heater. If your water heater is rusted, it could spring an unexpected leak. If you know how to drain your water heater, drain it into a five-gallon bucket to test if the water heater is the source of the rust. By the third bucket, if the water is still rusty, it is probably your water heater! A replacement is probably in your future.

3. Are You Hearing Rumbling or Banging?

Sediment is a problem for both tank and tankless water heaters. In a tank water heater, the sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank and causes rumbling or banging noise as the water heats up and pushes through. It’s more of a silent issue for tankless units.

Keep an eye out for any leaks if you’re hearing water heater complaints. Small cracks can occur in the tank due to the build-up as well. By this stage, you need a replacement.

4. Is There Never Enough Hot Water?

A shortage of hot water can have many causes. It is most likely that your water heater is undersized, which means you need a replacement to fully enjoy the hot water. It can also be a lot more simple. Call in an experienced technician, and it will easily be cleared up for you.

If you want to know for sure about signs that your hot water system is failing, QDI can send an experienced plumber over to assess the situation. Just call us at (610) 600-1108 and we can help you find your best solution.

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