Your home’s water heater is one of those appliances that is installed and then forgotten. Typically, the water heater is installed in the basement. It’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. When something goes wrong, you better believe someone will notice, though. There is nothing worse than hopping in the shower after a long day and being blasted by frigid water. It’s more than disappointing – it’s also time for a replacement.
A leak stemming from the water heater is about as bad as it gets. On occasion, take a walk around the unit and check for signs of pooling or leaking. If you notice water on the ground, or dripping from the tank itself, it’s a sure sign the internal tank has been compromised. It will need to be replaced.
Furthermore, remember that leaks worsen over time. If you do not notice the leak and it sits for too long, you’ll likely endure flood damage when the water tank finally bursts. Generally, a water heater leaks because the metal inside has cracked.
Contaminated water from a water heater comes in a variety of forms, including:
- Sandy or muddy water due to sediment build-up
- Hot water with a metallic taste and/or smell
- Water with visible small rust particles
These issues may be resolved by draining the tank, unless the interior is falling apart.
As you likely know, repairs are costly. If you are regularly scheduling water heater repairs – more than the average – then investing in a replacement water heater sounds like a smart move indeed. Frequent repairs would include calling for a plumber several times within the past few months.