Water heater failure can be avoided by knowing the signs of failure upfront. Signs include water stains, leaking joints, and the actual age of the water heater itself. These are the biggest signs that are good to be aware of. On average any water heater is good for up to eleven years. A common cause of failure is internal rusting due to the presence of minerals in the water itself. To stay ahead of erosion you can replace the anode rod every five years to help prolong the life of your tank. You can also buy a water sensor that acts as an early warning device in case of emergency. You as a homeowner should also know how to shut your water heater off as well.
- Be alert for warning signs like puddles of water with no explanation, especially if they are reoccurring.
- Water heaters only last 9-11 years, so take note of how old yours is and when it’s due for replacement!
- Attaching a water sensor can alert you immediately to leaks and avoid damage from your water heater.
“The biggest lesson Gehrt and his wife learned, however, is that there are a couple of simple things homeowners can do to prevent water heater failures and floods.”