Most homeowners do not think about water heater repair or water heater maintenance until something goes wrong. Either they notice they do not have any hot water or the water heater bursts or begins to leak. However, you do not need to wait until a catastrophe occurs.
If you notice signs that your water heater is about to fail, you need to call a water heater repair company in Glen Carbon, IL for help before you have a mess on your hands.
Water Heaters Have an Age Limit
Homeowners seldom want to replace an appliance until it is necessary. However, water heaters do not last forever. Most water heaters are designed to work efficiently for eight to ten years. Water heater replacement technicians recommend starting to consider water heater replacement after about 10 years. However, you might notice problems earlier that indicate you need to call a Glen Carbon, IL water heater repair company right now.
Signs that you may need to contact our office for a water heater maintenance appointment include:
- Rust has accumulated around the pressure relief valve or the water inlet
- You notice rusty water coming from your faucets
- The water heater is making noise. Banging and rumbling noises are often an indication of sediment buildup
- Water on the floor around the tank
- You notice that your water temperature is not as hot as it should be for the temperature setting on the water heater
The above signs could be an indication the water heater needs to be replaced. However, the signs could also be a warning that you need water heater maintenance and repair to avoid a costly problem.
The water heater technicians at Morrison Plumbing, Heating and Air can perform an inspection to determine the problem. Our experienced technicians can perform required maintenance and repairs, in addition to water heater installation if you need a new unit.
Checking the Age of Your Water Heater
Water heaters that are older than ten years or showing signs of problems do not operate as efficiently. You can check the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker.
The first letter in the serial number represents the month in which the heater was manufactured. The months are represented by the first 12 letters of the alphabet and correspond to the number of the month in sequential order. Therefore, “D” would be April (4th letter – 4th month) and “I” would be September (9th letter – 9th month). The first two numbers following the letter are the last two digits of the manufacturing year.
If your water heater is ten years old or older, you may want to consider a water heater replacement. Our Glen Carbon, IL plumbing company can discuss the options for water heater replacement and perform the water heater installation with very little disruption to your family.