You're upgrading all your appliances to make your home more energy efficient. Have you thought about upgrading your water heater at the same time? If it's more than 10 years old, it might be time. Your water heater is constantly working. Over time, it can wear. Once it does, you may find yourself without hot water in the middle of shower. Here are a few ways to determine if it's time to invest in a new water heater.
You turn the hot water on for a bath and your tub fills with brown, dirty water. That's a sure sign that your water heater is filled with sludge. Before you go out and replace the tank, try flushing it out first.
- Turn your water heater off.
- Open the cold water valve located at the top of your water heater.
- Remove the nipple that covers the valve.
- Pour 1 cup of bleach into the water heater.
- Allow the water inside the tank to cool for about 1 hour.
- Attach a garden hose to the water valve located at the bottom of the tank.
- Stretch the hose out into your yard so that the water from the tank will flow away from your home.
- Open the valve and allow the water to drain from the tank.
- Once the tank is empty, replace the nipple and close the cold water valve.
- Remove the hose and close the valve.
- Turn the water heater back on and allow the water to heat.
- Turn the hot water faucet on.
- If the water is still dirty, you need a new water heater.
Puddles Around the Tank
As water heaters age and fill with sediment, the interior tank can weaken. When it does, you may start to see puddles under and around your water heater.
Take a look around your water heater. Do you see any puddles forming in the area? If you do, your water heater probably has a leak. Dry the puddle and wait to see if another one forms. If it does, you'll need to have your water heater replaced. To avoid floods from a ruptured tank, turn the water heater off and have a new one installed as soon as possible.
If you can't remember the last time you had your water heater replaced, it might be time to get a new one. Dirty water and puddles under the tank are two signs that your water heater may be about to fail. For more information, contact a company like McDermott Plumbing Service and Repair.