In most houses, water heaters are tucked away in garages, closets, or the basement, so homeowners do not think about them much. However, the majority of households rely on their water heater daily to produce hot water. So when their hot water system stop working, it's a problem. Like any other major appliance in your house, your water heater won't last forever, so you are much better off replacing a water heater that is on its last legs instead of waiting for it to stop working altogether. Some common signs that your home's water heater is on the brink of failure include the following.
Inability to Produce Enough Hot Water
After living in a home for a while, you get used to knowing how much hot water your water heater is able to produce. Most families find that the water heater in their home does not have any issues keeping up with their hot water consumption. If you suddenly notice that there is not enough hot water for showers or if the water coming out of your taps is only lukewarm instead of hot, the components inside your water heater are likely wearing out and can no longer work properly. When your water heater is unable to produce enough hot water, you will most likely be better off replacing it.
No one wants to turn on a faucet or shower and find rust-colored water flowing out. In the event that you notice that you have rust-colored water, but it only happens when you turn on the hot water tap, there is a good chance that the tank of your water heater has rusted and corroded. Once this happens, the water heater can't be repaired, and it won't be long before the tank fails altogether.
Leaking from the Bottom of the Tank
A water heater can develop leaks, and in a lot of cases, leaks can be repaired — this is especially true if the leaks are located at the top of the heater and it is not especially old. But, when you discover a puddle or water around your water heater and determine that the water is leaking out of the bottom, there is not much that can be done. Don't count on a water heater that has started leaking from the bottom of the tank — you need to plan on replacing your water heater. Reach out to a plumbing professional like those at Windy City Rooter Inc to learn more.