Is My Birmingham, AL Water Heater Dying?

There are several signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life:

  • Is it taking longer to deliver hot water and is it running out of hot water sooner than normal?
  • Do you have “hard water?” This is water that contains lots of minerals developed if the water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk. Hard water takes more of a toll on heaters than soft water.
  • Is the tank corroding? This is usually caused when the anode rod itself corrodes and then lets rust accumulate, badly damaging the tank’s lining.
  • Is the heater making unusual noises – banging, thumping or rumbling?

This could mean calcium is building up. It will harden and create a crust inside the system.

  • Is the water discolored?

If only the hot water is discolored, the problem is in the heater. If both hot and cold water are discolored, the problem is elsewhere in the system.

Keep in mind that a water heater’s life is eight to 12 years for a traditional system and 20 or so for a tank-less system, but these guidelines vary widely depending on usage and maintenance.

At Freedom, a qualified plumber can help you decide whether the system should be repaired or replaced. Call us at (205) 444-4444 and we will be glad to help you with water heaters or other problems, from sump pumps and toilets to bathroom renovations, cleaning out clogs and detecting leaks.