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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Plumbing Service and Repair

As their name implies, water heaters are used to heat the water in your home for cooking, bathing, cleaning, and numerous other tasks. However, water heaters, like any machine, eventually wear out or break down, leaving you in need of plumbing service and repair. To be prepared for this, it is imperative to understand the signs that your water heater is going out beside the lack of hot water for your morning shower.

Strange Noises

As your water heater ages, it collects minerals from hard water that eventually form a layer of sediment in your tank. When the water in your tank is heated and brought to a boil, so is the sediment. The sound of popping or rumbling is often heard as a result of this sediment layer is boiling and releasing pockets of air. If your water heater is not too far gone, a plumbing service and repair company may be able to flush out this sediment. However, it is a sign your water heater may be in the final stages of its life and needs replaced.

Rusty/Contaminated Water

If your home contains a filtering process of any kind, hot water should be clear and somewhat odor and tasteless. However, there are times when it may appear cloudy or rust colored. It may also have a metallic smell and taste as well. This happens when minerals deposits are mixed with your water in your tank and allowed to travel into your home. It could also mean that your water heater is rusting on the inside. Your best option is to get plumbing service and repair immediately to see if the problem is your water heater or rusting pipes connected to your tank.

Water Around the Water Heater

This sign is one of the last to present itself before your water heater fails forever. It means there is a leak somewhere in your tank, typically due to corrosion. About 13.7% of water use is due to leaks such as this, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International. And while a small puddle on the floor near your tank might not look like a major water heater repair issue, the continued pressure on the inside can cause your tank to burst, flooding your home and ruining many of your belongings.

Age of Water Heater

Most water heaters have a life span of about 8-12 years. Therefore, it is crucial that you know just how old your water heater is and are prepared to replace it when the time comes. If you don’t remember the date, you bought your water heater, you can find it in the serial number. This can be found on the manufacturer’s sticker typically located somewhere near the top of the tank.

The serial number will look something like J125894634. The letter represents the month. Since j, in this case, is the 10th letter in the alphabet, it correlates to the 10th month, October. The next two digits represent the year. In this case, 12 refers to 2012. Therefore, this water heater was made in October of 2012. However, each manufacturer code can vary, so it’s essential to check their website to make sure you are reading it correctly.

If you have recently noticed any of these signs, it’s time to call a plumbing professional before it’s too late, better yet, be prepared for the inevitable. Make sure to schedule plumbing service and repair around the 10-year mark of your water heater’s life. Plumbing specialists will be able to detect any issues with your water system quickly and in a fashion that saves you from disaster later.