Was your water heater installed more than 10 years ago? If it was, you should start thinking about a replacement. This is particularly important if you have a problem with hard water in your home. Hard water contains heavy metals that can be tough on a water heater. If you pay attention, you can tell when it's time to repair or replace. Here are two ways to tell if your water heater is about to break down.
Your Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Your water heater used to run silently, but now it's started making odd sounds. If your water heater has suddenly begun making popping or whistling sounds, it's trying to warn you about an impending problem. Here's what those sounds mean.
If you have hard water in your home, you probably have lime deposits inside your water heater. Those deposits can start popping when they heat up. When that happens, the inside of your water heater can crack, which can lead to leaks.
Your water heater has started making a whistling sound. That's a sign that there's too much pressure building up inside the tank. If you're hearing a whistling sound while your water heater is on, take a look at the outside of the tank. If you see water escaping from the pressure valve – located on the front of the tank – turn the water heater off and call a repair technician as soon as possible. Your water heater could be getting ready to burst.
Your Hot Water is Dirty
If your hot water has started looking more like mud, you have a sludge build-up inside the water heater tank. Don't replace it just yet. You might be able to repair the problem with a good cleaning.
If your water heater is exhibiting any of the problems described above, it's time to have a repair technician come out and take a look at it.
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