The water heater tends to be forgotten about until there is a major problem, such as waking up to find that there is no longer any hot water in the house. You do not want that to happen so it would be wise to make sure that you are keeping your hot water heater in mind and that you are on the lookout for signs that it might be time to replace it. This way, you will be able to hopefully replace it before it completely stops working. Here are some issues to look out for:
Warm Is The New Hot
If you turn on the hot water and it is not automatically hot, you might have to let it run for a moment before the water starts coming through as hot. However, if you find that no matter how long you let the faucet run that the water only warms up and never becomes hot, you may be in need of a new hot water tank. You will want to have your tank checked out by a plumber as soon as possible before you find that you don't even get warm water anymore and you are stuck with nothing other than icy cold water for your showers and baths.
It Is Developing Rust
You will want to make sure that you are occasionally checking out the condition of the outside of the tank. If you find that there are spots of rust, you will want to begin to plan for the purchase of a new hot water heater. The sooner you get the new one purchased and installed, the better, as the rust will continue to spread. This could potentially cause dangerously hot water to leak out of the tank. It could start as a drip and suddenly your basement is flooded because the bottom of the tank broke apart. This must be avoided at all costs because it is a true safety hazard for everyone in the house, including any pets that might be walking past when the tank breaks.
It is a good idea to make sure that you are hiring a skilled plumber to handle the installation of the water heater tank for you. This way, you will not have to worry about the water heater being installed wrong, which could lead to leaks and a voided warranty. Call soon for an estimate for your water heater repair.