There’s nothing worse than jumping into the shower and finding out you have no hot water coming out of the showerhead. Like most home appliances, your water heater is susceptible to deterioration and will eventually break down over the years. It is your responsibility as a property owner to make sure your appliance is in top shape. 

B&D Industries, Inc. is one of the best heating and cooling companies in the Southwest. From HVAC solutions and 24/7 emergency plumbing to electrical troubleshooting, our dedicated team of professionals creates miracles in every project they undertake. A broken-down water heater is inevitable, but it’s important to know what to look out for before things turn really sour. Read our article below and learn when it may be time to replace your water heater.

Your Water Heater’s Age is Showing

How long do water heaters typically last? Most systems can last upwards of 15 to 20 years depending on how well you maintain them. If it is older than 20 years old, installing a new system is usually better even if it works adequately. Its decline is going to happen sooner than later, so you might as well invest in a heating system before anything major happens.

Rusty Water or Heater Inlet Valve

Another sign that it’s time to retire your water heater is when it starts to corrode. When rust starts to form on the system, it slowly eats away through the steel and certain spots. The problem is it is often hard to tell whether the rust is coming from the heater itself or the pipes leading to your faucet. Regardless, it is a problem that must be sorted out.

When rust appears in the hot water from the faucets in your sink, there’s a good chance you have a rusty water heater. Take a look at the expiration date on your heater and see if it’s past its prime. It’s not uncommon for older units to begin to rust. Also, take a look at the inlet valve. If you spot rust around it, it’s likely there is rust on the inside of the tank. If that’s the case, then it is time to start shopping for a new water heater. 

Pooling Around the Water Heater

When you examine your heater, it’s important that you look out for any signs of leakage. If you notice a little moisture, there’s most likely a leak or fracture inside of the tank. This can happen because as metal heats, it expands and cracks, forcing the water out through the lesions. If this goes unnoticed, you may have catastrophic problems that can cost you more than a new water heater. 

Foul-Smelling Water

It’s never a pleasant experience washing your dishes or hair with nasty-smelling water. Another sign there is a problem with your water heater is if you smell rotten eggs when you turn on your faucets. This likely means there is bacteria in the tank that is not being eliminated by the build-in anode rod. 

Before you end up purchasing a new unit, be sure the source is actually the water heater and not the actual water supply. Simply, run a clear glass of cold water next to a clear glass of hot water. If the cold water is clear from the tap, it’s a water supply issue. If the glass of hot water is murky, it’s a heater issue. Try to drain your tank first and if that is unsuccessful, you might consider purchasing a new unit. 

B&D Industries, Inc. Are Experts in Heating and Cooling

At B&D, our team of expert technicians is dedicated to making sure your heating and cooling systems work as efficiently as possible. We can provide you with all of the necessary maintenance needed to keep yours running smoothly; such as preventative maintenance and repair, refrigerated air, and 24/7 emergency service. Contact us today to speak to a member of our team, or schedule an appointment online.