Hot water is something that we all love and need and this very question has more than one answer. Look below for what to watch out for in knowing exactly when it’s the right time to replace your water heater. (Before it’s too late!)
There’s a Leak, But Where is it?
Frequently, the clue that the hot water tank needs to be renewed is because of a leak. Should your tank be at least six years old and have a leak that you just cannot locate, it might be that it has deteriorated to the point where it is now leaking through a sidewall seam, a welded joint, or maybe a steel thread has rusted through. These types of issues are way beyond repair, and in such cases, contact a plumbing professional and get your tank replaced.
The Water isn’t reallyas hotas before
If you’re having to raise the temperature setting on your gas valve or increase the thermostat setting on your electric tank, you willknow that your tank is coming to the end of its service life. Corrosion on the inner part of your tank has corroded the dip tube, covered the electric elements, or over-worked the gas valve. It’s time to get professional and affordable Prestige Plumbers in to give the entire system a good looking over. These expertswill check the whole system and give you the best advice on what you should do.
The Drain Valve is open, but there’s Still No Water
Everybody should make it a habit to drain their hot water tank at least once annually to discard any sediment that might have settled on the bottom of the tank. A great many people forget or fail to do this very simple plumbing task. Of all the tanks that get renewed, 1 in 5 are so chock full of sediment that the water must be pumped out from the top of the tank.
Should a hot water tank develop a layer of sediment on its bottom, it will quicklydecay that part of the tank. And that will in turn make the flame burn for a much longer period of time, due to the sediment acting like a barrier between the flame and the water being heated. This is definitely both ineffective and damaging to the bottom of the tank. Maybe you have heard horror stories where the “bottom fell out” of someone’s water heater (and water going everywhere and making a right old mess), and sediment is in most cases the culprit.
Time for a Change
If you open the drain valve, and there’s no water appearing, you can try pumping the water out from the top of the tank and then vacuum the sludge out. (With the proper apparatus) However, your tank has probably degraded enough that it should simply be replaced and the sooner the better!
In this type of case, keep yourself in hot water!