Whether or not you realize it, your water heater might be giving you warning signs that it is time for a new one. Recognizing those signs can help you avoid a hasty purchase of a new water heater because yours gave out. Here are some of the most common signs that it might be time for a new heater.
Foul Odor from Water
The water in your water heater's tank is pulled from your local water supply. When the water does not have enough chlorine it it, bacteria can build up in the water. If there is any corrosion in your tank, the combination of the corrosion and bacteria can cause a foul odor. Before tossing out the water heater for a new one, you can try to drain the water heater. Once the tank is empty, fill it with new water and drain it again. Drain it several more time before allowing it to fill up and heat the water.
If the foul odor returns, it is time to replace your water heater. Failing to do so could expose you and your family to harmful bacteria.
Puddle of Water
When a puddle of water accumulates at the base of your water heater's tank, there is a possibility that the problem is as simple as a leak from the pipes. Tighten the pipes and check for leaks to eliminate this as a possible cause. Apply a soapy solution along your pipes and connections and look for bubbles. If there are bubbles present, then you still have a leak.
If there is no leak present in the pipes or its connections, then it is possible that the liner of the water heater has been compromised. The lining cannot be repaired or replaced. As a result, you will need to replace the entire water heater. It is important that you take care of this as soon as possible. The problem will grow increasingly worse over time.
Broken Dip Tube
The dip tube is the tube that helps to keep your cold water from the water supply from mixing with the heated water in the tank. When the dip tube is broken, it can start to disintegrate. When this happens, pieces of it can get into your faucets and your other plumbing fixtures.
Once the dip tube has began to disintegrate, you have to replace your water heater. If you fail to, the pieces of the tube could lead to clogging in your plumbing lines.
There are other situations that warrant a new water heater. If you suspect it is time for one and you are not sure, contact a water heater specialist, like those at Marv's Plumbing, to find out whether or not you need a new heater.