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plumbingCould your hot water heater be about to fail?

If you’re like many homeowners, you truly don’t know. When we rely on our hot water heaters pretty much every day, that’s not good news. You don’t want to be waiting on an emergency plumber to come to your house after a hot water heater break if you’re trying to shower in the morning!

If you’re not a plumbing professional, it can be hard to tell if your current hot water heater installation is on its way out. But have no fear – here’s a quick look at three tell-tale signs that you need a hot water heater replacement:

Your hot water heater’s age
One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re in need of replacing your hot water heater is its age. According to Angie’s List, you can find the year in which your hot water heater was manufactured by checking its serial number. As an example, the serial number F051052638 shows that the water heater was manufactured in June 2005. The letter ‘F’ is the sixth letter of the alphabet, so this letter indicates that the heater was made in June, the sixth month. The next two numbers after the letter are ’05,’ which indicate its year, 2005. As a general rule, you should seek out a plumbing company to replace your hot water heater once it hits the 10-year mark.

You’re noticing rusty water
Another simple way to tell if your hot water heater is at the end of its lifespan? When you start to rusty water coming from the hot side piping in your home. This could indicate that there’s rust on the inside of your hot water heater — which is a sign that it will start to leak soon. When 93% of water damage is preventable, this is a no-brainer.

You see water around your water heater
Water should stay inside your hot water heater — which is why water that pools around your hot water heater is never normal. It usually indicates a fracture in your tank or a small fracture. Either way, it’s likely you’ll need to replace your machine.

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