You need a quality water heater in your home to ensure that you will have hot water whenever you need it. Without a properly working water heater, you will be stuck with cold showers. Therefore, you will want to learn about the signs that may indicate that there is a need for a water heater replacement. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for:
There Is Brown Water Coming Out Of The Facets
If you turn on the facet and notice that the water has a brown tint to it, you will need to avoid using that water for cooking and drinking. It could simply be that there is work being done on a nearby water line, which is causing dirt and debris to get mixed in with the water. You could check with a neighbor to see if they are experiencing the same as you or call the water company to inquire about local water line work. If that's not it, then the problem is most likely your water heater, especially if it is rather old. As old water heaters age, they can begin to rust on the inside. The rusty water will have a brown appearance to it and you do not want to cook with that or drink it. A new water heater will have to be installed.
The Water Won't Properly Heat Up
If the water is not heating up as it should, it could be that the temperature on the water heater was turned down by someone in the house. Check that first before calling a contractor about replacing the water heater. If that is not the problem, then there is a good chance that the water heater will need to be replaced if the heating element cannot be repaired. When you select your new water heater, you will want to find one that comes equipped with warning lights that will alert you to problems so you will not have to play the guessing game in the future should you experience more water heater problems.
The sooner you have your old water heater replaced the better. The issues will only continue to get worse and you do not want to find yourself stuck without any hot water on a weekend or holiday when it would be hard to get an immediate replacement put in. Call your trusted contractor for assistance with water heater replacement.