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How to Tell if Your Water Heater is Going Bad

When your water heater starts acting up and the problems don’t seem to go away, it could be time to find a replacement. If you are concerned that your water heater is on the fritz, Rose Brothers & Sons, your trusted electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, wants you to know a few warning signs that will help you determine if your water heater is going bad.

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Age

If your hot water heater is old, it may very well be going bad. If you are unaware of how old your water heater is, it’s simple to find out. Look for the serial number towards the top of your water heater. Your serial number will contain the manufacturing date of the heater in what may look like a strange code of numbers and letters. However, this code actually contains some valuable information about your water heater. The first letter in the number correlates to the month the heater was manufactured (A=January, B=February, C=March, etc.). The next two numbers in the sequence are the last two digits of the year the heater was made. Any hot water heater that is between ten and fifteen years old could need to be replaced.

Discolored Water

If you turn on your hot water one day and the water is tinged brown or orange, it may be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. This discoloration is either a sign of rust in your water heater or increased sediment in the water tank, both of which are bad news. To get a closer look at the water in your water heater, attach a hose to the drainage bib on the tank, turn the unit off, and then drain the water to examine the contents.

Strange Noises

Pay attention to the noise your water heater makes if you are concerned about it going bad. While water heaters naturally make some sounds, loud cracks, pops, and rumbling are not common and usually mean that the heating mechanisms are causing mineral deposit within your tank. The mineral deposit will harden at the bottom of your tank which will lead to less efficiency, which costs you money, and more damage, which can lead to cracks and holes in the tank.

Water Accumulation

If you see water leaking from or accumulating around your water tank, get rid of your water heater immediately, it has gone bad. Before removing the water tank, disconnect all electricity to the water heater or turn off the gas that runs to it. Let the heater cool down and then drain the water from the tank before you remove it.

If you are worried that your hot water heater may have reached or is close to reaching the end of its days or if you see any warning signs that are listed above, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. for immediate hot water heater repair and replacement. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions and let our team help you with all your water heater troubles.

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