What Is Your Water Heater Telling You?
Studies have shown that 7 out of 10 water heater failures are caused by a tank bursting or failing. If you notice a slow leak from your tank, this means you’re headed for trouble. In most cases, a slow leak indicates that your tank has become weakened by corrosion.
The average water heater lasts anywhere from 7 to 13 years. A lot depends on the quality of the unit itself, but water quality in your area is important too. Hard water, which has a high mineral content, can shorten the life of a water heater.
other trouble signs
- If it takes longer to heat water than it used to, or the water doesn’t get as hot, it’s a good sign you are ready for a new unit.
- Look for rust on the tank or in your tap water. (A water tank rusts from the inside out.)
There are many different options available today, including propane tankless/on-demand water heaters. Please contact us if you would like to learn which water heating option might be best for you and your family.
The best thing to do if you notice a leak is to turn the tank’s water supply valve to the off position and then get it inspected as soon as possible.