Appliance DisposalIf the water heater is less than 10 years old, there might be bad heating elements. Much like those found in the oven, metal coils heat to warm the water in the tank. When the temperature falls, the heating elements fire up and reheat the water inside the tank.
Hot water on tap is one of the 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 DepotReplacing the heating elements isn’t a very difficult job. But, it does require a few common tools and a bit of knowhow. However, if this isn’t the problem, you’ll probably buy a replacement. But, understand it’s not necessarily easy to dispose of a water heater. Your best option is to call a junk removal service to haul it away.
Old Water Heater Failure Signs Oldsmar Residents should HeedA 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. Whatever the case, here are the most common old water heater failure signs to look for:
- Age. The average water heater lasts about 10 to 15 years. Look at the serial number. The first three characters are the moth and year of manufacture.
- 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 is the culprit. But, if the discoloration, odor, or taste does not appear in the cold water, it’s a strong indication.
- Leaking. Here’s something that’s not very subtle at all. Leaking water means trouble, at the very least. Puddling water is never a good sign when it comes to a water heater.
- Strange noises. If you hear a rumbling sound, it could be sediment build up on the bottom of the tank. This happens over the course of time and it’s a sign the water heater needs maintenance or replacement.