5 Common Signs You Need A New Water Heater 

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Heather Jones
Heather Jones
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Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. However, it is usually tucked out of the way and overlooked, until there is an issue with it. At that point, you will suddenly find you are unable to enjoy the pleasure and health benefits of a hot shower. 

Of course, at this point, you can call an emergency plumber or an expert in your Rheem hot water system. This will help to get you operational again. However, it is better to be aware of the most common signs that you have an issue with your water heater and get the experts to deal with it before you lose hot water. 

1. Leaking heater

It’s a good idea to visually inspect your water heater regularly. What may appear to be a simple leak in the base of the tank may be a warning that the tank is corroding and ready to burst.

Tanks are generally made of metal, this, mixed with air and water gives the perfect environment for rust. Once the tank skin corrodes, the water can escape and the heater will need to be replaced. 

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Leaks from the bottom or the valves by the water heater suggests that you may have an issue and it should be checked by a professional.

2. Intermittent Heat

When your water goes hot and cold or doesn’t heat up properly it means the heating elements insider the water heater is starting to fail. You may have one or more heating elements, depending on the type of heater. They will need to be tested and, if necessary, replaced. 

3. Strange Noises

Strange noises are a common sign that you have an issue with your water heater. There are several different sounds that you may hear, including knocking noises and rattling. If your water heater starts making any peculiar noises you should have it checked straight away. It is possible it can be repaired and this is significantly cheaper than replacing the heater.

4. Discoloured Water

There are several reasons why you may have discoloured water. However, the most common reason for discolouration from your hot water is rust and sediment build-up in your heater. Rust in the tank means that the heater is reaching the end of its life as it is corroding on the inside and, it is only a matter of time before the corrosion makes its way to the outside.

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Sediment will generally give a more cloudy appearance. However, sediment in your heater will reduce the effectiveness of your heating elements, making them work harder and effectively shortening the life of the water heater. 

5. Age

Finally, you should be aware that most water heaters are designed to last approximately ten years. Once your water heather passes this mark you will need to keep a close eye on it as it is likely to be approaching the end of its life and will need to be replaced.

By being aware of the most common signs you’ll find it easier to be prepared for and deal with water heater replacement.

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