We have all had those instances where someone used the shower before you and exhausted the hot water supply, making for a cold flow of water when you got in. This is not a pleasant feeling. Did you know that running out of hot water that quickly can be a warning sign that it may be time to replace your hot water heater? Think about it, when was the last time you checked the date, or have you ever? It is recommended that you replace your hot water heater every 10 years depending on the condition. Here are three warning signs it may be time to replace.
1. Water leakage around your tank.
Any sort of water leak is alarming and could lead to bigger problems if not taken care of immediately. You may have a busted pipe or a hole in your water heater due to rust. Get this problem taken care of immediately.
2. Rust colored water
Rusting can cause major issues such as holes or water contamination. If your water is discolored when you first turn it on then your tank may have rust inside.
3. Old Age
The old saying “nothing lasts forever” rings true in the case of water heaters as well. Be conscious of the date on your water heater.
*Source Colorado’s Energy Resource Center