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Cold Showers? 4 Tell Tale Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Starting your morning with a cold shower is more than likely not your preference. This can be your reality if you do not pay attention to the signs you need a new water heater. If you are not sure what signs to keep an eye out for, you are in the right place.

Keep reading to learn our top signs to avoid an unexpected freezing cold shower.

1. No Hot Water

An obvious sign that it is time to change the water heater is if you are taking cold showers. When the hot water heater reaches the end of its life it stops heating water and you will find yourself in a cold predicament.

Before changing out your water heater or having a professional company like Solid Power Inc., double-check your circuit breaker and your pilot light. Make sure that neither one is out or tripped.

2. Rusty Water and Stinky

If the water is a rusty color when you turn on the hot water instead of clear water then this is a major sign that your hot water heater is not working. Also, if you notice a metallic smell or metallic taste then your hot water heater is breaking down.

This means that your inner tank has flakes and grit coming off the tank and is combining with your water supply. When your water heater begins to break down, this is not a good thing you want to change it before it gets worst.

3. Water Around the Tank

If you notice any water on the floor around your water tank, this is a major sign that your water heater is going bad. When the inner metal tank heats it also expands and over time this can cause small fractures that cause small leaks.

When the metal cools down it stops leaking so it is easier to notice this when you turn the hot water on. Double-check all of the tank’s connections and fittings to make sure the leak is not coming from any of the components before you change the hot water heater.

4. Older Water Heater

If your water heater has never been changed and you have had the same one for a long time, then it might be coming up on its final days. Typically water heaters have a lifespan of 8-13 years. It depends on how often it is used, the manufacturer, and how well you maintain it.

Anything older than a decade that is starting to act up, it’s best to replace it before it completely stops working.

Now You Know the Signs You Need a New Water Heater

The above list are a few of the main signs you need a new water heater. No one likes taking cold showers, keep an eye out for these signs and keep up with regular maintenance to avoid having an abrupt interruption in the middle of a warm shower.

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