These signs indicate it may be time to replace your hot water system.
The water heater is not something that people regularly think about. Once installed, homeowners usually forget it exists until they wake up one winter morning with a freezing cold shower.
Defective water heaters often require simple repair service to get back up and running. But if the damage is severe, a replacement could be a more practical solution than trying to fix the system.
Signs of an impending hot water replacement
When is it time to replace your hot water system? Here are the first signs of trouble.
1. Strange noises
If your water heater is hissing, sizzling, or making unusual noises, it could mean that a valve is faulty. If this is the case, a valve replacement should fix the problem.
If you hear strange noises such as cracking, popping, or banging, it could be a sign of sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank. Excessive sediment build-up can lead to overheating, corrosion, and system failure.
Additionally, your water heater is bound to age faster if sediment keeps settling on the heating element – forcing the system to work harder to produce hot water.
If you hear rumbling coming from the water tank, this is a sign that the unit is coming to the end of life. Before it even starts leaking, it is best to replace the water heater immediately.
2. Strange taste and smell.
If you drink water from the tap and notice a strange smell or a metallic taste, it is a sign that the water heater is starting to break down. This is probably due to rust build-up on the inside. Wear and tear on the heating element could be another reason for this. Replace your hot water system right away, so you do not expose your family to these hazardous metal elements.
3. The water is not heating up.
If the unit stops heating water suddenly, then there must be a problem. Try turning up the thermostat and see if the water will heat up. If not, then your heating element is likely burning out. You will need to buy a new water heater to restore your hot water supply.
4. Tank is leaking
Leaks are another sign that your hot water system is on its way out. Therefore, it is important to call a hot water specialist as soon as you discover a leak in your hot water system. Leaks are not something you ignore. They can lead to mould and mildew, ruining carpets, walls, floors, and cabinets, not to mention making your entire household sick.
If you can find the source of the leak, try to fix it by tightening the fittings around the inlet or outlet connections.
If you notice water pooling around the water tank or a visible leak on the floor, you should call a specialist and have your system replaced.
5. Rust and corrosion
If the water from your hot water tap is reddish, brownish, or rusty, it could mean that there is corrosion in your hot water tank. Every hot water tank is fitted with a sacrificial anode that prevents corrosion. When this anode is worn out, it could lead to corrosion in the tank.
Sediment build-up is another reason for discoloured hot water. To fix this problem, flush out sediment by draining the tank.
If there is no corrosion or sediment build-up, you may have rusty pipes. Rusty water could damage your entire plumbing system.
Rust and corrosion are signs of the end of life. If rust is coming from the tap or the shower, it is a clear indication that it has been worn out and might even end up damaging other appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
Heavily corroded tanks and pipes should always be checked by a professional.
6. Valve not draining
Over time, sediment will build up at the bottom of the water heater tank. This could clog the drain valve and block water from coming out. If the drain valve no longer opens, you will need to replace the heater.
7. Reduced efficiency
If your energy bills are skyrocketing even when you have not added any new appliances, then your hot water system is probably no longer efficient. Poor efficiency means that your water heater consumes more electricity to heat the same amount of water.
8. Increased demand
Choosing a water heater size depends on the size of the household. For example, if you installed a hot water system when you were living alone, it would not perform as efficiently if you have a small family. In addition, the increase in water demand reduces the unit’s effectiveness. Therefore, you must upgrade your hot water system to meet the current water demand.
9. Frequent repairs
Frequent repairs are an indication that the system may need replacement. If you keep calling for service and the same issues keep coming back, then it is time to get a new water heater. Buying a brand-new system could be cheaper than fixing one problem after another.
10. Your water heater is old.
Hot water systems typically last around 8 to 12 years, depending on how it was maintained. The water quality in your area is also a factor that could impact the lifespan of your water heater.
Note that if your tap is releasing hard water, your hot water system might break down faster than its guaranteed lifespan. If your water heater is past the 10-year point, this is the perfect time to get a replacement instead of waiting for the unit to break down completely.
Call a hot water specialist today.
The first thing to do when buying a new hot water system is to choose the right size. If you are not sure what size is appropriate for your household, ask a hot water specialist for recommendations. If you want to replace your hot water system, call your local hot water experts at Hogan Hot Water and Air Conditioning. We offer heating solutions powered by gas, electric, and solar power. Contact us today by calling 0488 029 618 or sending an email to email@example.com.