Don’t worry, you may not need a replacement just yet
A water heater usually lasts between eight and ten years, although many models can work significantly longer. In most cases, this type of appliance will give you some signs that you may need to consider a replacement. There are some instances, however, where you may be able to have the problem repaired without having to buy a new unit.
If you don’t have any hot water in a gas-powered water heater, for example, then you may have something relatively minor such as a defective thermocouple. This is the device that sends a signal to the igniter that it needs to light the burner. Odd- or rust-colored water may be caused by a defective anode. This is an element that attracts corrosive contaminants so they don’t attack the tank. As long as the tank has not been corroded to the point where water is leaking out, replacing the anode could help to solve the problem.
We receive several calls from people complaining of a “rotten egg” type of odor in their water. This may be due to bacteria building up inside the water heater tank. Usually, a thorough flushing will eliminate the problem. However, if it doesn’t, then you will probably need a new system.
Call Feehan Plumbing & Heating today and we’ll let you know whether your water heater can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced.