Failing Water Heater Signs to Look ForIf you’re refinishing your basement, you might consider replacing the water heater just to handle the extra load. (That is, if you’re going to install another bathroom or mini kitchen.) One common failure are the heating coils. Much like those in the oven, the heating coils heat water in the tank to a pre-set temperature. Even though the average lifespan of a water heater ranges between 10 and 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the heating coils can go bad before the appliance reaches its end of life.
Hot water on tap is one of great conveniences of modern society. In the 1800’s if you wanted a hot bath you had to warm water on a wood burning stove or over a fireplace, make multiple trips to the tub and then hope it doesn’t cool too much before you jump in. Today we just turn on the faucet and enjoy. But if your water heater is failing that bath you planned may not go so well. —Home Depot.comA bad water heater might not give many overt signs it’s actually dying. But, unlike other appliances, because this only serves one single purpose, it’s generally not difficult to tell. The problem for some homeowners, is certain appliances fail at the worst time. For instance, you might be tasked with hosting an estate sale. And, then sell the house itself. The property is less attractive when it comes with repairs. Whatever the case, here are the most common failing water heater signs to look for:
- Its age. Locate the alphanumeric serial number. The first letter in the serial number will be the first letter in the month it was manufactured. And, the two numbers after it represent the year. So, if the first letter is “O” and the next two numbers are 04, it was manufactured in October 2004.
- Bad water. Discolored water or water with an odd taste and/or smell are other signs of a failing water heater. Now, this doesn’t always mean the water heater it the culprit. But, if the discoloration, odor, or taste does not appear in the cold water, it’s a strong indication.
- Strange noises. If you hear a rumbling or a banging noise, that usually means there’s something wrong with the appliance. Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank and eventually causes noises. You’ll need to contact a plumber to know for sure.
- Water leaking. When water begins to puddle around the water heater, it could be due to a small leak or it could indicate the appliance is failing. Again, an experienced plumber can tell you what the problem is with it.