While a hot water heater is a completely modern convenience, it has quickly become essential to our everyday lives. Without hot water, people tend to get a little edgy. As in, they totally freak out without the ability to have a hot shower. Avoid this tragedy occurring in your own home by maintaining your hot water heater on a regular schedule and ensure its health is always top notch so you never have to worry about your day starting off with a cold shower, otherwise known as pure misery.

When To Look Into Hot Water Heater Replacement

Most people who are not plumbers have no idea when their hot water heater is about to break down. Which is why A Cap Plumbing is prepared to arm you with that knowledge so that you can know when you have to call us in for hot water heater replacement or hot water heater repair for your Muskegon or Grand Haven home.

Water Heater Age

Many people think of the major issues with a water heater appear as soppy carpet or water running under the garage, but this is the extreme. Your goal should generally be to avoid this sort of escalation at all costs. To begin, you should start by identifying the exact amount of years that your hot water heater has been working. You can do this by locating the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker that you can usually locate on the top of your hot water heater. This serial number will detail the manufacturer date but it’ll be in a code. You’ll see a letter at the beginning of the code, this represents the month. For example, it may be an “A” which is the first letter of the alphabet, therefore symbolizing the first month of the year: January. After that, the first two digits will be representative of the year, so if it says 10, it was manufactured in 2010. This can vary from unit to unit but is generally a good marker of the age.

If you find that your water heater is over 10 years old, you’re probably due for a water heater replacement. This is especially true if your water heater is somewhere that if it were to leak it could cause some serious and costly damage. When it reaches this age, a whole slew of symptoms will start to point to deterioration, that often occurs before the actual leakage.

Check Your Water

A big thing to look for from your water heater after it’s reached 10 years of age is rusty water. If you find rusty water coming from the hot side piping in your house, it probably means your hot water heater is rusting from the inside out. This is sign number one of coming leakage. If you have galvanized piping, however, it could be rusty piping instead of your heater. Not sure? Try draining a five-gallon bucket of water from the water heater. If by the third bucket of water you’re still getting rust, it’s the hot water heater, not the pipes.

If you’re afraid you’ll have to suffer at the hands of your decaying water heater, call A Cap Plumbing. We’re happy to ease your doubts and ensure the integrity of your machine. If it needs replacing we can discuss options with you. If it’s only a quick repair, we’re fully prepared to help you with it. We’ll discuss the more serious signs of hot water heater damage in the next blog in our series, so watch out for part 2. Remember, we’re available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies, so you’ll never be caught unawares without help. We’re here for you and the community.