As is the case with any appliance, water heaters have a set lifespan. When yours starts acting up—perhaps by surprising you with cold showers in the morning—it can be an indicator that you either need repairs or need to find something new from your heating and air conditioning specialist.
Unexpected Temperature Changes
One of the most common and unpleasant effects of an aging water heater is sudden blasts of cold or hot water. Inconsistent water temperature is indicative of a problem with the thermostat or heating element. While a water heater can run out of hot water, it shouldn’t allow rapid fluctuations in temperature. When there is a problem with the burner or thermostat of a water heater, you may experience water that’s too hot or run out of hot water far too early.
Water around the Unit
Leaks are the death knell of any water heater. Some can be subtle and start small, escaping notice for a time while causing water damage below the unit. More often corrosion will affect the integrity of the tank and you’ll wake up to a soggy puddle underneath the water heater. Water heaters have internal protection against corrosion, but without regular maintenance time will take its toll. Eventually, even a well-maintained water heater will reach the end of its lifespan.
Loud or Noisy Operation
Water heaters can sometimes make noise when releasing steam, which can occur near the end of a heating cycle. Water heaters should not make bumps, excessive gurgles, or boiling noises. This can indicate problems with sediment, corrosion, and pressure inside the tank at unsafe levels. Noises can sometimes be accompanied by water that is too hot for the temperature setting, which is also indicative of a pressure problem. When a water heater can no longer regulate this pressure, it can become dangerous.
When it’s time to get a new water heater, contact Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. at (805) 273-4320. We can help you find the right unit to fit your Westlake home and provide you with efficient hot water for the whole family.