Does the temperature of your water feel cooler than what it was a few years ago when you first got your new water heater installed, even though you are still setting the valve at the same position? If the answer is yes, it is time to replace your water heater before it is too late. This is one of the earliest signs that your water heater is slowly becoming less efficient to heat your water and you will be replacing it soon. This problem is caused by the slow accumulation of sediments at the bottom of your tank or the heater element in the tank is deteriorating. It basically means your water heater is aging and it is getting closer to the inevitable, replacing your tank. You can always delay this from happening sooner by periodically flushing the sediments from thank.
However, if you wait too long after the first warning sign, the next one on the list of signs that indicates a dying water heater is when you begin to see evidence of wetness in places where you should not be seeing it. This is an indication that there is a very slow leak near the area of wetness. These small leaks generally occur under the tank or around the connection points or elbow joints on the pipes. Sometimes these leaks occur at the point where the water supply line enters the top of the tank. These leaks mean there is a small crack in the lining of the tank or the pipes are slowly corroding and water is beginning to seep through small gaps around the soldered joints. Ultimately, these small leaks will become larger leaks that will lead to flooding in your home especially if the water starts to come out much faster due to the pressure on these pipes. This scenario you want to avoid.
The last and final sign that you water heater needs to be replaced, consider the age of the water heater. If yours is approaching 10 years or more of life it is time to replace it before it is too late. Is the water heater in your Brooklyn home in need of repairs? Call us at 718-748-1254 and schedule a service call today!