Water Heater Junking in EnglewoodAn old water heater doesn’t contain a large amount of parts. But, it is a major household appliance. Meaning, the local trash collection agency won’t pick it up. That also means you can’t roll it out to the curb and it will get picked up and hauled away.
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 DepotAll this to say, when a water heater does go bad, it’s your responsibility to dispose of it in a proper, legal manner. Now, this will take more time and effort but it comes with a trade-off of sorts. Meaning, you’ll get a new one to replace the old unit.
Common Failure SignsA 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 failing water heater signs to look for:
- Its age. Many water heater manufacturers actually incorporate the production date right into the serial number or model number or in a separate, conspicuous location. Generally, you’ll see the first four digits, which represent the month and year. So, if it begins with 1297, it was probably manufactured in December of 1997.
- 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.
- 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.