If you’re unsure about when to replace your hot water heater, Mac Plumbing has some red flags to watch for.
- If your hot water heater hasn’t been replaced in several years, it will eventually start to corrode.
- Rusted metal in your water heater can make the water cloudy or rust colored.
- It could also be caused by sediment buildup in the heater tank, which could be fixed by cleaning out the tank. But if it persists, the water heater should be replaced.
- The average temperature for water heater thermostats should be between 120 and 140 degrees.
- If you’re experiencing cooler temperatures in your water and adjusting the thermostat doesn’t help, then it’s time to replace the water heater.
- You might experience scalding hot water initially that turns to lukewarm water after only a few minutes.
Water heater is leaking
- If you notice leaking water around the water heater, it could be time to replace it.
- Leaks are usually caused by multiple expansions of the metal over the years.
- Some minor leaks can be fixed, but you only delay the inevitable replacement.
Don’t know how old your water heater is?
- If you purchased an older home and aren’t sure how old the water heater is, and the previous owners don’t have any documentation, look for the serial number on the tank.
- Look for the serial number.
- The first letter should be the month it was manufactured, starting with the letter ‘A’ for January and ending with the letter ‘L’ for December.
- The next two numbers will indicate the year it was made.
- Example: if the serial number starts with C19, the water heater was manufactured in March of 2019.
If you see any of these red flags, give Mac Plumbing a call. Mac Plumbing recommends the new tankless water heater, which can last up to 20 years. Read about tankless water heaters in one of our earlier blogs here.
Be prepared with a check-up from Mac and if you find yourself with plumbing problems, be sure to contact Mac Plumbing here or call us at (931) 552-5555.