As with most appliances, water heaters break down over time. A failing water heater is an inconvenience. Nothing is worse than hopping in the shower and realizing there’s no hot water.
A few telltale signs will tell you that your Erie water heater is about to fail. Here are a few things to watch out for.
You’ve sprung a leak
If you notice moisture or water around the Erie water heater, this may indicate the presence of a leak in the tank. This is may be a sign of an internal failure. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for a Erie leaking water heater. Turn off the gas to the unit or disconnect the electricity and call a plumber immediately to address the problem.
There is nothing worse than a Erie water heater that whines, knocks, creaks, or bangs. This is mostly attributed to the sediments that settle on the bottom of your water heater tank. In most cases, flushing the tank will help solve the problem. But if you still hear unusual noises after flushing, this may be a sign that the water heater has reached the end of its useful life.
You noticed rusty water coming out from the faucet. If it only comes from the hot side piping, then it means that the tank is starting to rust and corrode. Unfortunately, you can’t repair the tank once it starts to rust or corrode. That means water heater may be on its way out.
Your water heater is more than 10 years
Most Erie residential water heaters come with 5 to 10-year warranty. Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, we recommend replacing your water heater if it is more than 10 years old. You may not be experiencing problems now, but is likely to leak or fail to produce hot water in the near future. It may lead to a bigger problem if you wait too long.
No one enjoys taking a cold shower. You can avoid the damage and disruption of a failing water heater by getting a new before the cold weather kicks in.