Water Heater DisposalIf the water heater is less than 10 years old, it might be bad heating elements. Much like those found in the oven, metal coils heat to warm the water in the tank. When the temperature falls, the heating elements fire up and reheat the water inside the tank.
Hot water on tap is one of great conveniences of modern society. In the 1800’s if you wanted a hot bath you had to warm water on a wood burning stove or over a fireplace, make multiple trips to the tub and then hope it doesn’t cool too much before you jump in. Today we just turn on the faucet and enjoy. But if your water heater is failing that bath you planned may not go so well. —Home Depot.comReplacing the heating elements isn’t a very difficult job. But, it does require a few common tools and a bit of knowhow. However, if this isn’t the problem, you’ll probably buy a replacement. But, understand it’s not necessarily easy to dispose of a water heater. Your best option is to call a junk removal service to haul it away.
Failing Water Heater SignsOf course, it’s best to try to eliminate all possibilities. After all, you should have a solid idea of what’s causing the problem. And, it’s a good idea to know the most common failing water heater signs to look for on your own:
- Age. The average water heater lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years. Locate the serial number. The first letter in the sequence corresponds to the month of manufacturing. For instance, if it’s a “J” that’s the tenth month or October. The next two numbers represent the year of manufacturing. So, “05” means 2005.
- Bad water. Often, water discoloration, odor, and bad taste are signs of bad water coming out of the water heater. However, if something is awry in both hot and cold water, the water heater isn’t the likely culprit.
- Strange noises. If you hear a rumbling sound, it could be sediment build up on the bottom of the tank. This happens over the course of time and it’s a sign the water heater needs maintenance or replacement.
- Water leaks. Of course, if you see pooling water, that too, is a sign of failure. The most obvious indication is no hot water. Increase the temperature about 10 degrees. Wait a couple of hours and run hot water. If it isn’t warm, the water heater might need replacement.