Two Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repairing – or Replacing


The typical lifespan of the average water heater is somewhere between 8 and 12 years, or 10 to 15 years if you have an electric model. Environmental conditions and maintenance habits, like annual tune-ups and flushing – can help your water heater last as long as possible. Wondering whether your water heater is coming close to the end of its service life? Here are two signs your water heater needs repairing – or replacing.

Water Heater Warning Signs

  1. Have you noticed sediment in your water, or does it look rusty out of the tap? Sediment in the bottom of your water tank causes overheating, which will cause corrosion in the steel tank.
  2. Have you noticed noises when the water heats, like popping or banging sounds? When water that’s trapped between layers of sediment begins heating up, it turns to steam and you get an effect like a miniature volcano.

A Simple Way to Avoid Issues

Contacting a professional plumber, like River City Plumbing here in Reno, for an annual water heater tune-up, is an easy way to avoid problems that will shorten the lifespan of your unit. An annual tune-up includes flushing the heater, inspecting and testing all of its components, tightening connections, calibrating settings, and other steps. Water heaters have a variety of parts that should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed. One part in particular, the anode, is designed to corrode and should be replaced every other year at most.

Valves may also compromise over time. Both the drain valve and the pressure release valve can become worn with time, reducing your water heater’s efficiency.

An inspection from River City Plumbing will also identify hard or soft water, both of which can create issues for your water heater. Schedule your annual inspection today, and rest assured that your water heater is operating as it should.

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