Considering how critical warm water is to daily living, it is amazing how easy it is to take your water heater for granted. Because most water heaters are able to last a fairly long period of time, it is often forgotten that they simply don’t last forever. Here are some tips to consider on whether it’s time to switch yours out.
Time Is Your Enemy
Most water heaters are expected to last around ten years. An easy way to check the age is to find the serial number. The most important part of the serial number are the first three characters. For example, a serial number might be B071052638. The letter stands for the month. B is the second letter of the alphabet corresponding with the second month: February. The next two numbers represent the year. So that serial number would mean the water heater was made in February of 2007.
Pooling Water or Damp Spots
If you notice any moisture on the outside of the water heater then you may have a leak. This is a common way to tell the water heater is breaking down.
Rumbling is a sign that sediment has built up on the inside of your water heater. Not only will the water heater be less efficient, it can cause leaks.
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