If your hot water heater is going bad, you will need to replace the entire unit . Traditional water heaters range in price from $300 to over a $1000 . Tankless water heaters although more efficient are usually more expensive. If you need help deciding which one is best for your home – check out our article comparing tankless vs traditional water heaters. If your water heater goes out it can cause stress to you and your finances. There are signs that you can watch for that will allow you to either replace your water heater before you are in an emergency situation or at least allow you time to save for a water heater so that it is not a large hit to your wallet.
Here are seven signs to look for to know if your water heater is going bad.
- If your water heater is close to or over 10 years old chances are it could be about to go. The average lifespan for a hot water heater is ten years. You should prepare to replace your water heater if it close to it’s life expectancy.
- Changes in water temperature are also a good indication that your tank is about to go. Heavy sediment deposits can cause your water heater to produce limited amounts of hot water or no hot water at all. When this happens it is time to repair or replace your water heater.
- Is your water heater making strange banging noises? This is usually caused by valves in the system shutting off without warning. These banging noises usually mean that your water heater is on it’s way out.
- If you notice corrosion on the bottom of the hot water tank that means the interior of the tank is more than likely corroded as well. If your hot water tank that is corroded it is time to replace it.
- Is water pooling underneath the hot water tank? This usually indicate a leak in your tank. If your hot water tank is leaking chances are it will not function properly for very long.
- Cloudy water is also a sign that a hot water tank is going bad. Calcium and magnesium deposits that accumulate in your tank are the cause of cloudy water. Once calcium and magnesium start to build up they start to get pumped out along with the water.
- If it starts taking longer than normal to replenish your hot water that can also be a sign that your water hetaer is wearing out and probably needs to be repaired or replaced soon.