There are symptoms you can look for to let you know that you should buy a new water heater before it fails completely. Here are 4 signs that your water heater may be on its last leg.
Most water heaters last between 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. That said, it is important to know the age of your water heater. This can be done by checking the serial number, which can be found on the manufacturer’s sticker. It usually contains the date the unit was manufactured.
If your water heater is more than 10 years and is having some kind of problems, then it’s probably best to have it replaced. Remember, the older the water heater is, the more likely it is to break.
Water isn’t as hot as it used to be
If you expect to climb into a nice, hot shower and you are blindsided by icy water, this could be a sign that your heater is nearing the end of its days. If water isn’t as hot as it used to be, it might mean that the parts of your water heater wore down over time.
Water around the unit
Leaking water indicates an internal failure in the water, and is rarely fixable. If you notice moisture around the water heater, it might be an indication that it needs replacing. But before buying a new unit, you might want to make sure that the water doesn’t come from the connections to the tank or a leak in the fittings.
If you discover rusty water coming out from your water heater, this is a sure sign that your water heater is close to breaking down. Unfortunately, rust and corrosion can’t be fixed.