Water heaters need to be replaced eventually just like any other appliance.
It is best if you can replace your water heater before it completely stops working. There are water heaters that work with or with out water tanks. If your one has a tank it could be dangerous if malfunctions occur.
I experienced a burn once as a result of some of the the insulated material coming off. It was hazardous to everyone and should have been dealt with immediately.
If you wait for too long complications might arise that you don’t want. There are quite a few indicators that can help you know when your water heater has reached its limit.
Most of them are covered here to help you get a sound understanding so you know what to do when it is time.
1. The age of the water heater: an electric water heater usually has a life span of about eight to ten years . If your water heater is operated by gas then the chances are that it will operate properly for six to eight years. Check what the lifespan of your water heater is. If you don’t have the papers then these guidelines should be roughly approximate. Get the water heater changed before symptoms of collapse start to show.
2. Corrosion: Corrosion is a serious deal. It might cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home if it starts leaking because of the rust and corrosion. If you spot rust or corrosion on the temperature and pressure relief valve, the water inlet or water outlet connection then it is a strong sign that your tank is corroding.
3. When the drain valve does not properly drain: A good advice would be to flush your water heater once a year. Sediment builds up over time. This brakes down and clogs the drain valve. Trying to unclog the sediment might lead to leakage too. It is a sure sign that you need a new water heater.
4. Leaking: This can be a result of other problems that have infested. Leaking causes a lot of damage to your home and may even lead to accidents. When your water heater is leaking the best thing to do is to shut it off until the professionals come. It is rare for a leaking tank to be salvaged.
5. When the temperature of the water is not right: if the water your water heater generates is cold or barely warm than it is about time that you change your water heater. This could be because of a problem with the heating element. It could also be the electric thermostat that is not working properly. Some times when every one uses the shower, the water heater reaches its limit and just lets go. Treat your new one more responsibly.
Make sure too take good care of your water heater. Do not over use it. Check for the listed signs and act accordingly. If you are good to your water heater It will be good to you. And on top of that a lot of money will be saved. I wish you and your water heater the best in the years to come.