Is it Water Heater Junk Removal Time?The average lifespan of a water heater ranges from 10 to 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. But, this does not mean your appliance will reach a decade or won’t live past a decade and a half. If you are considering buying a home, your home inspection report should tell you if the water heater is failing or in good condition. Unfortunately, what works today might not work tomorrow. There are different reasons for a water heater not to function properly.
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.comFor instance, one or more heating coils could break. These are much like the heating coils inside kitchen ovens. They are heated by electricity or gas and that’s what heats the tank, providing the household or business with hot water. Some will spring small leaks and if it’s located on a second floor, this could mean having to deal with a water damaged ceiling underneath. Here are some ways you can tell if it is water heater junk removal time:
- Age. Even though the average lifespan of a water heater ranges between 10 and 15 years, knowing its actual age is helpful. You can determine its real age by looking at the unit itself. Find the alphanumeric serial number on the appliance. The first letter corresponds to the first letter of the month. For instance, if the first letter is “E” that’s the fifth letter of the alphabet, and the fifth month of the year is May. The following two numbers are its manufacturing year, so, “07” means 2007.
- Bad water. If there is an odd odor, taste, or discoloration, this too, is a sign of a failing water heater. To confirm this, turn on several faucets in the house and look for discoloration, smell for an odor, and take a tiny taste. Be sure to do this with just hot and then just cold for a better indication. If it’s present in just the hot water, it’s probably the water heater.
- Weird noises. Some households and businesses experience noisy operation when their water heaters turn on. This is typically due to sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. Over time, that sediment hardens and causes weird noises, such as rumbling and/or banging.
- Water puddling. Of course, one of the more obvious signs a water heater is failing is when water puddles around the base of the unit. The problem with water leakage is it might mean just a small repair is necessary or total replacement.
- Lack of hot water. Warm water that does not heat to its normal temperature is another telltale sign. Turn the temperature up and wait a couple to a few hours while it rises from its normal 120 degrees to 130 degrees. If there’s no change, this is a good indication the coils or other parts need replacing or the unit is at the end of its life.