You’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately so you decided to work through a checklist of “home improvement to-dos” to help pass the time. The laundry has been done, the furniture has been cleaned, all wintertime decor has been put away and a refreshing springtime look has been brought into your home. You’ve even started on some easier tasks to help prepare things for your HVAC system to switch to cooling mode once the heat arrives.
While you are in preparation mode, don’t forget to think about your plumbing, specifically your water heater. If your water heater has been a reliable resource to you for many years, it can be easy to forget to check on it with all the other spring cleaning tasks you’ve got on your plate. With that said, checking in on your water heater to ensure that it is going to keep doing its job will save you a lot of discomfort. Why? Because checking your system now can alert you to the fact that you might need a water heater replacement in the near future.
What are the Warning Signs of a Failing Water Heater
If your water heater is on its last leg, you are going to want to know what to look for so you can prepare for a system replacement ahead of time. Here are some of the indicators that you’ll want to look, and listen, for:
- Inconsistent Warmth: When you try to use hot water in your house, does the temperature fluctuate between hot, lukewarm, and cold? If it does, it means that your water heater is having serious issues doing the job it is meant to.
- Rumbling or Kettling Noise: Does your water heater make strange noises when you request hot water? Sounds such as rumbling, or kettling like that from a boiling tea kettle, its an indicator of a collected sedimentary build-up inside your water heater that can cause it to start breaking down.
- Spiking Energy Bills: You shouldn’t have to choose between a warm shower and having money in your savings account. If your energy bills are spiking whenever you use the shower and wash your dishes, don’t ignore it! Have a technician check your system to make sure it isn’t causing problems.
- Rusty Water: The water coming from your faucet heads should be clear. If, when you use the hot water tap, it is coming out with a rusty hue, it might indicate corrosion within your heating system.
If you pick up on any of the signs, or you notice that your water heater simply isn’t operating the way that it is meant to, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of professionals at Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning. We can assist with everything from water heater maintenance and repairs, to a full water heater replacement
This also means that, when your water heater needs to be retired, we can help you with choosing your next system, such as a tankless heater.
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