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When it comes to the water heater in your home, you can probably go months or years without giving it a second thought. So long as it’s working silently and reliably, and you’re not waking up to an ice cold shower, you assume everything’s okay. Eventually, your water heater might start sending up some red flags that suggest it might not be running as reliably as it used to. Here are a few examples of those red flags to keep an eye out for:
Puddles on the Floor
Most water heaters are located out of the way, so it’s a good idea to periodically check the floor near the heater for leaks. Be sure to look closely at a suspected leak, however, by checking the pipes – pipe leaks can be repairs! Leaking water can also damage the controls on the heater itself, and cause the pilot light to go out on an oil-fired heater.
Water heater manufacturers take steps to inhibit corrosion, but eventually it does happen. If the water comes out of the faucet or shower looking rusty, or if you notice sediments in the bathtub, there’s a good chance the water heater’s tank is corroding. Rusty water will stain clothing and make it impossible to get yourself clean!
Rising Utility Bills
The efficiency of any piece of home comfort equipment can degrade over time. As a general rule of thumb, replacing your water heater after 10 years will help you maintain proper water heating efficiency in your home. Regularly upgrading your water heating equipment will also help prevent the other two problems mentioned above!
Have you noticed your water heater acting up lately? Contact E.T. Lawson today and ask about a new and efficient water heater from Bradford White that offers exceptional water heating efficiency and a FREE six-year warranty.