How long have you had your hot water tank? Are you wondering if it needs replacing? When you start to notice differences to your water, the heating of your water and changes to your tank itself, it could need replacing. But how do you know if your hot water tank needs replacing? Are there any signs? Well yes, yes there are! Check out below some of the signs that your hot water tank might need replacing.
Changes to your water
Have you noticed that the water coming out of your taps or shower? One of the most common signs that your hot water tank needs replacing is changes to the water coming through your home.
If you notice that the water is discoloured or has an odour to it, this can mean that there is an issue with your tank.
There could be rust or bacteria present in the tank that is running into your water. It can also be traced to a broken internal anode rod, which is responsible for killing bacteria and removing microorganisms from the water.
Abnormal noises coming from the tank
A working hot water system shouldn’t make loud noises! A working hot water system isn’t completely silent. But noises such as cracking, popping, whining, banging, gurgling or bubbling are not signs of a well working system.
These abnormal noises may be caused by heated or burned sediment inside the tank. They can also be caused by a part of your hot water system that is becoming worn. If you notice any of these strange noises coming from your tank, it is a good idea to get it looked at.
Leaking water from the tank
One of the easiest ways to see if you have a problem with your tank is if you notice that there is leaking water or water pooling around the base of the tank.
This can be a sign that there is a crack in your tank.
It can take time to get the perfect temperature for your shower. However if you notice that the temperature is inconsistent and is fluctuating, it may be your tank.
It may be that the water heating element within the tank is worn and not working correctly. Or that it is struggling to produce the amount of hot water that you require.
Changes in water pressure
Have you noticed that your water pressure has changed? Both high and low water pressure can be caused by your hot water tank.
This can be traced to the build-up of sediment in your hot water system or plumbing problems within your home.
Age of your hot water tank
How old is your hot water tank? The average tank in Australian homes lasts for approximately 10 years. This is with maintenance and fixing any small issues when they arise.
If your hot water is nearly the 10 year mark, it might be time to start looking at getting it replaced. If you have not already been having issues with it, the chances of them starting increase as the hot water tank gets closer to 10 years old.
Are you having any of the above issues? It might be time to call a plumber and have them come out and check your hot water system.
There are different solutions to the different issues with your hot water tank. Not all of them will require you to replace your tank.
Get in touch with the team at Rozelle Plumbing today. Let us come and inspect your tank and provide you with recommendations for hot, steamy water without issues.