Typically, you can expect your home’s hot water heater to last at least 10 years before it needs to be replaced with a new one. However, if you keep it properly maintained, you increase your chances of getting 15 years or more out of it. Proper water heater maintenance includes regular flushing to prevent its internal parts from becoming encased in mineral build-up or corrosion.
The taste, odor and appearance of your tap water can be huge indicators that your hot water heater needs to be serviced or repaired. If the water has a metallic taste or odor to it, this generally indicates that your water heater is close to malfunctioning. You also want to be on the lookout for tap water in your home that appears to be rust-colored. This is another sign of impending hot water heater problems.
If your hot water heater needs to be professionally cleaned, this is usually the result of sediment that has built up in the bottom of it. If your tap water appears to be mud-colored, your water heater probably needs to cleaned out. After turning off the unit, it must be drained before a professional can examine the water heater’s contents. It is important to deal with this issue as soon as possible because, if left untreated, it may lead to eventual failure of your unit.
Besides paying close attention to the condition of your tap water, you should also listen for unusual sounds coming from your water heater. If you hear loud pops or cracks coming from it, this often indicates that there are mineral and scale deposits interfering with the heating elements inside. As mentioned, regular flushing can help prevent this from occurring, but if you already have this problem, contact a professional water heater service company.
Finally, a leaking hot water heater needs professional attention. Often, when a unit starts leaking water, there is an internal failure taking place. Do not leave this, or any other issue, untreated. If you do, your water heater problem will only become more serious.
Is the water heater in your Brooklyn home in need of maintenance? Call Petri Plumbing at 718-748-1254 and get started today!