For most of us, on-demand access to hot water isn’t optional — we count on our water heaters to get us through every shower and sink full of dishes. But even top-of-the-line water heaters aren’t built to last forever, so unless we want to see our hot water access disrupted, we must pre-empt water heater failure by replacing units that are nearing the ends of their lives.

Predicting water heater failure isn’t always easy, but these occurrences are most common when a water heater is reaching the end of its useful life.

After years of service, lots of things can begin to go wrong with a hot water heater. Parts wear out. Corrosion develops. Tanks crack. For most tank heaters, ten years is a full life.

When things aren’t going right with your hot water heater, the first symptom is often one you can feel. The hot water coming from your shower and taps can be either cooler than usual or it may run out noticeably faster than before. 

This could be due to a failing heating element, which a licensed plumber like Pulis Professional Plumbing can diagnose and repair. But it could also mean that mineral sediment has coated and hardened on the bottom of your tank, including on the heating element. This tends to happen around or after the ten-year mark, and should be interpreted as a serious indicator of imminent failure.

Even if none of these symptoms are present, you may get the heads-up that your water heater is on the skids if there’s a loud banging sound whenever it’s heating a tank of water. As the aforementioned sediment settles and hardens, it forces your water heater to work harder, and that can lead to rapid expansion of the tank itself. If you hear constant clanking coming from your tank, it’s time to get a new one.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If so, call Pulis Professional Plumbing today for a thorough inspection.

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