You rely on your water heater for a wide range of daily tasks, such as doing the laundry and taking a shower, so there is nothing worse than turning on the water and finding out there is only cold water. Unfortunately, like the other appliances you have in your home, the water heater won’t last forever. Recognizing the signs of a failing water heater will help reduce the risk of suddenly being without hot water.

​Here are a few signs that it’s time to call a plumber in Summerville, SC to have the water heater replaced.

Rusty, Brown Water

If you notice rust or a brown color in the water, it may mean that the inside of the water heater is rusty. Eventually the rust will eat through the water heater, leading to leaks. To determine if the water heater is rusted or if the brown color is in the water itself, fill several buckets with cold water from various taps in the house, if only the hot water has rust in it you should contact a plumber in Summerville, SC to replace the hot water heater as soon as possible.

Unusual Noises

As water heaters age, sediment gradually builds up on the bottom of the tank. Each time the sediment heats up, it gets harder and harder, which prevents the water from heating up. Banging noises may be an indication of the water as it bubbles over the sediment. The buildup of sediment will also limit the amount of available hot water and the additional time that’s needed to heat the water eventually causes holes and cracks in the tank. If you hear any unusual sounds coming from the water heater contact your plumberto do an inspection and replace the water heater if needed.

It may be time to replace your water if it’s an older model it’s not as energy efficient as you would like. To find the age of your water heater, look for a sticker or tag on the tank that has the serial number. The first two numbers of the serial number typically represent the year the water heater was manufactured.

If it’s time for water heater replacement, contact Smoak’s Comfort Control at 843-556-9550 or contact us online.