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Water heater maintenance plays a big role in extending the life of your equipment, no one likes being stuck with cold water! To avoid being shocked by a cold shower, here are some signs that your water heater may be nearing replacement:

Lack of Hot Water – The most common sign that it’s time to replace your water heater is a lack of hot water. If you’ve noticed the water doesn’t get as warm as usual, or if it will run out quicker, the heater is starting to fail.

The Tank is Leaking – If there is water accruing beneath your tank then there are likely cracks in the tank caused by mineral build-up and corrosion. If a leaking tank isn’t addressed in a timely manner, it can burst and flood your home.

The Pressure Relief Valve on the Tank is Leaking – Mineral and pressure build-up can cause the TPR – or temperature and pressure relief valve – to leak or fail to function correctly. This valve is also called the safety relief valve, and it has the important function of preventing the water from reaching a boiling point and creating steam that can, while rare, cause the tank to explode and propel.

Cloudy or Musty-smelling Water – Cloudy water and water that smells (or tastes) musty or metallic are indicative of a failing water heater. This is caused by mineral deposits that can also impact your home by clogging up fixtures with debris.

Noises from the Tank –If you’ve noticed any rumbling, popping, or creaking noises coming from your water heater, it may be caused by mineral build-up on the inside of the tank causing pockets of air to accumulate within the tank.

If you have found yourself in need of a new water heater, Debord’s One Hour Heating and Air and our talented technicians are equipped to help you fix or replace it.