WATER HEATER REPLACEMENT
Visual signs of upcoming water heater failure
Visual Sign # 1: Dripping Water
When you see water nearby, it’s may be leaking from two different places:
Possibility # 1 (T&P Valve): If you see a little water near your water heater and/or dripping from the pipe that runs down the side, this may mean your Temperature and Pressure (T&P) valve is venting excess steam (which prevents the water heater from exploding). The steam condenses into water, which travels down that pipe and into your floor drain. This is normal. However, If there is a large volume of water coming from that pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Never tamper with the T&P valve or pipe. Proper operation of the valve is critical to safe operation.
Possibility # 2 — It’s leaking from the tank: When water is leaking from the base your water heater is leaking internally. This is due hairline cracks which form in the water heater tank due to it heating up and cooling down. This causes the metal to expand and contract.
Visual Sign # 2: Corrosion at the pipe fitting.
If you notice a lot of corrosion around the pipe fittings indicates water is leaking through them. Pipe fitting corrosion occurs because mineral deposits from the water are seeping out through the gaps in pipe connections. This is often called a “slow leak,” which means you might be able to limp along for a while, but it could definitely fail if the problem isn’t addressed.
Visual Sign # 3: Burn Marks
If you see burn marks on the bottom, it’s typically an indication of two problems.
Problem # 1: Burn marks could mean improper venting is causing backdrafting. This is a serious problem that requires urgent attention because there are natural gas and exhaust fumes which are not exiting your home as they should. Instead, these toxic fumes are seeping into your home.
Problem # 2: Burn marks can also indicate the flue pipes located inside water heater are blocked or damaged. This is also a potentially unsafe situation, and a replacement will need to occur soon.
Visual Sign # 4: Yellow Flame Color
When your water heater is running, there should be an even blue flame. If the burner is yellow or orange, there is not enough air coming in the water heater at its burner, OR a venting problem exists. This condition means the burner needs to be serviced.
Do you hear popping?
The most obvious sound your water heater is about to fail is when it starts popping like popcorn cooking. This popping noise is caused by an accumulation of mineral sludge caused by hard water. Water trapped in that sludge becomes super-heated, and flashes off into steam. That flash-boiled water is what’s causing the popping noises. Eventually that sludge stresses the water tank to the point it cracks and starts leaking. You need your water heater replaced at that time.
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