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A Broken Water Heater

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Broken Water Heater A water heater can break for various reasons-do you know what those are??

The majority of water heaters typically fail between 8 and 10 years.  You don't have to be caught off guard when it does happen. 

5 signs that it's time to replace your water heater include: 

  1. Your heater is too old
  2. Rust spots that you can see on the outside of the tank.
  3. Noise from the heater.
  4. Water leaking from the heater.
  5. Water isn't getting hot enough.  

Using the serial number, you can easily identify in what month and year your heater was manufactured.  The first two numbers in the whole number reflect the month, with the next two, the year.  Knowing when it was manufactured gives a pretty good indication when it should be replaced.

Rust is the one thing can affect the steel that your tank is probably made out of.  Rust can slowly spread and eat through the steel.  Rust serves as a warning sign for oncoming leaks.  When rust appears in your water as its coming out of the faucet, chances are, there is rust in your heater.  

Noises from the heater become louder and louder as the tank heats up the water the older it is.  These noises can be caused by sediment build up. 

One primary cause for leaks is the thousands of heating cycles that a tank undergoes causing the interior tank to turn brittle.  Other causes include the fittings or connections have loosened, or the temperature/pressure overflow pipe no longer functions.  

Heating issues are caused by a mis-adjusted thermostat, a broken heating element, or a tank that is too small for your home.  

When something happens to your heater, a leak, rust, or a split, give your local green team a call.  The quicker and sooner a water problem is cleaned up, the less likely further damages can occur.  

Give your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team a call at 608-487-9758 for immediate assistance.  

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