When some appliances break down, they can do more than cause an inconvenience in your life.
They can also cause catastrophic damage to your home.
Your water heater is one of those major-damage causers. Think about it: If your water heater’s tank starts to leak, it can ruin your flooring and any furniture in the water’s path.
Read on to learn if it’s time to replace your water heater.
It’s an (un)perfect 10
The average water heater lasts about 10 years. To figure out how old yours is, check the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker on the upper part of your tank.
The serial number has the date the heater was made. But it’s not a normal-looking date. Instead, look for the date code, something like H071263749.
“H” represents the month, and since “H” is the eighth letter in the alphabet, it coincides with the eighth month of the year — August. The first two numerals are 07, which means the water heater was manufactured in August 2007.
If your code looks a little different, check the manufacturer’s website to help you decipher it.
What’s that noise?
As your water heater gets older, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank. This can be compounded if you have hard water in your area.
All that heating of the water will eventually make the sediment harden. As it hardens, it makes your tank rumble or bang as it heats up the water.
All that noise is a bad sign that your heater’s probably on its last legs.
Red, red water
If you go to run a hot shower and notice the water’s got a rusty look to it, that might mean your tank’s rusting from the inside.
And that means it could soon start to leak.
Service Guard to the rescue
Service Guard offers repair plans to cover your water heater, so you get peace of mind if your tank stops heating your water.
Plus, after you’ve had Service Guard for a year, you can add replacement coverage to your plan so you don’t have to deal with the unexpected hassle — and cost — of replacing your water heater if it dies.