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What Are the Signs of Water Heater Failure?

HVAC AtlantaYour water heater’s efficiency and performance may not concern you until a major problem arises. However, like your HVAC system, your water heater needs to be maintained by a professional technician at regular intervals. If you neglect water heater maintenance or wait too long to replace your old system, you may find yourself facing water heater failure. Here’s a look at some of the signs that your water heater is about to fail.

Your Unit Is More Than 10 Years Old
The age of your water heater can provide you with important clues about whether or not it is at risk of failing. The average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. If your household has been using the same water heater for a decade or longer, you will want to schedule an inspection and, if necessary, water heater replacement before your old unit fails completely.

You Have Rusty Water Coming From Your Tap
Your tap water may provide a clue as to whether your water heater is failing. A properly functioning water heater will generate clear, clean water that is safe for all of your household tasks. If rust-colored water starts to flow out of your tap, your system may be on the verge of failure.

You Hear Strange Sounds Coming From Your Unit
A fully functional water heater will operate with very little sound. As soon as your water heater starts to produce clanks, bangs, or other alarming noises, you will need to set up a professional repair appointment. These sounds could indicate that your system is on the brink of failure. Oftentimes, water heaters will start to make unusual sounds when they have large amounts of sediment built up in their tanks.

For additional answers to your questions about Atlanta HVAC and water heater maintenance, contact Estes Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer air conditioner repair, air conditioner installation, and a variety of other services. To have one of our technicians take a look at your malfunctioning water heater, give our conveniently located Atlanta office a call at (404) 361-6560.

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