If it has been some time since your water heater was installed and you don’t have it regularly serviced, it may abruptly stop working one day. To avoid such as scenario, it is important to look out for the following signs:

A Very Old Water Heater

On average, water heaters will last for eight to 12 years. If you have had yours for a long time, it would be wise to look into replacing it before it stops working. If you don’t know how old yours is, check the manufacturer’s label on the side. You can also find help with this on the manufacture’s website or the International Association of Home Inspectors website where you will find a water heater dating chart.

Higher Energy Bills

An older water heater will not be energy efficient. It will definitely take more energy to run it. Also, newer models will be made with technology that makes the most of materials and methods that use minimal energy such as those that can be digitally controlled.

Not Enough Hot Water

Perhaps you aren’t enjoying your baths or showers as much as before because the water isn’t hot enough or there isn’t enough of it. This could be because your water heater is full of sediment. In hard water areas, this could be the calcium, magnesium and other minerals in it. The sediment could also be from the limescale that forms on the walls of the tank and the burner. This layer could compromise how hot the water gets and how much hot water you get.

Rust-Coloured Water

If you notice that your water looks dirty or has a rust-coloured colour, again, an old water heater could be the culprit. It could be that the heater has rust which could eventually wear out and start leaking.

You can confirm if the problem is being caused by the heater by draining a number of five-gallon buckets of hot water through it. If you are still seeing rust when you pour the third bucket, you can safely conclude that the problem is the water heater. If you don’t see rust, then the problem might be with galvanized piping that is rusted rather than the water heater. That is still a problem you will need to get looked at by a water heater repair and installation company.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Taking preventative measures is always best. Prevent problems with your heater by having a water heater repair and installation expert come and check yours. They will determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired. If a replacement is needed, you will be advised on the best brands. Call your water heater repair and installation company before it becomes an emergency service. Call Westhills Plumbing & Heating today!