Most Cape Cod homeowners don't realize when their water heater is ready to fail. But waiting too long to replace it can result in disastrous and expensive flood damage to your home and possessions.
Here are five signs to look for to prevent an imminent water heater disaster.
- Its age. The typical lifespan of a water heater serving a family of four is about seven to ten years. The more you use it, the shorter its life. If you're not certain of its age, check your water heater's serial number. It should include the year the unit was manufactured. If you're not sure, call us with the brand and serial number, and we'll help you determine its age.
- The consistency of heating. If you are experiencing inconsistent hot water, or if you're unable to maintain a constant temperature, your unit is likely nearing the end of its life.
- Signs of leaks. Periodically check the floor under your unit for moisture. Older units often develop slow leaks that will worsen over time.
- Noises. As your water heater ages, sediment will build up and harden on the inside. You'll start to hear pops, rumbling or banging. These can cause cracks in the liner.
- A change in the color of your hot water. Such changes could mean your unit is rusting from the inside. If you suspect rust (or sediment), you can check by carefully draining water directly from your unit.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR WATER HEATER MAY BE NEARING THE END OF IT'S LIFE, call us at 508-514-1694 to schedule a FREE no-pressure consultation.
If we determine that your tank is nearing failure, we'll show you your replacement options. If conditions are right for an ultra-efficient heat pump water heater replacement, we'll show you how you can take advantage of a $750 rebate offered by the Mass Save(R) program.
If we determine that your tank is still sound, we offer some steps that will as much as DOUBLE your water heater's remaining life.
- By draining your tank, we will remove much of the sediment that can lead to liner damage.
- We'll also pull and inspect your water heater's anode rod. If it's nearing depletion, we'll recommend replacing it. The "sacrificial" anode rod is the single most important part preventing rusting of your hot water tank. Here's how it works:
Over time, tiny cracks will develop in your water heater's glass liner exposing the steel to corrosive elements. The anode rod is made up of a more reactive metal. When the tank is filled with water, an electrolyte process begins whereby the sacrifical rod is consumed to protect the exposed steel of the tank. As long as this more reactive material lasts, the steel will not rust. When it's depleted, the tank corrosion. A new anode rod will add years of service to your aging unit.
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