Your commercial building depends on hot water for sinks, dishwashers, and other amenities.
Fortunately, our plumbing contractors are able to recognize when a water heater is starting to fail and will soon need replacement.
Continue reading to learn the 5 signs you need water heater replacement.
1.) Constant Plumbing Repairs
Is your budget drained by constant plumbing repairs? If so, it may be time to consider water heater replacement. When you own a commercial building, you have to think about what makes the most financial sense in the long run. For example, water heater replacement is more affordable in the long run than paying for repairs each month and potentially losing tenants.
The sooner you spot the water heater leaking, the more likely you’ll be able to fix the problem with a simple repair. We recommend you invest in routine water heater maintenance so small issues can be caught and resolved as soon as possible. Otherwise, a leak could spill onto the floor and cause water damage.
2.) Old Age
The average lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. Checking the age of your water heater is as easy as checking the manufacturer’s sticker, which is usually located near the top of the unit.
The first three digits of the serial number reveal the month and year the water heater was manufactured. Months are given a designated letter (January = A, February = B, March = C, and so on). The next two digits stand for the year (09 = 2009). Most water heater manufacturers follow this date code, but you can always check with their website for more information.
If your water heater is 10 years old (or older), we highly recommend replacing it as soon as possible before it inconveniences your tenants. A leaking water heater can cause significant water damage to your building, which could cost you more in repairs than if you had just replaced the unit.
3.) Little to No Hot Water
Your tenants won’t appreciate being doused in freezing water when taking their showers. If you own an apartment building or other residential dwelling, it’s important you take care of your water heater so it’ll last as long as possible.
Any discrepancy between your water heater’s settings and actual performance should be taken seriously. If you’re getting a lot of complaints about cold water, despite constant plumbing repairs, it may be time to invest in a new hot water heater. Our plumbing contractors can help you choose the right water heater for your commercial building.
4.) Rusty Water
Many of the water heater leaks we see are caused by rust inside the unit. Once rust compromises the structural integrity of your water heater, you’ll want to call one of our plumbers as soon as possible. The last thing you want is your tenants complaining about rusty water coming from faucets.
5.) Banging or Rumbling Noises
Over time, sediment builds up on the bottom of your hot water heater and hardens into what our plumbers call “scale.” Fortunately, we’re able to flush out this scale during water heater maintenance so the unit will run as long as possible.
If you neglect water heater maintenance, the scale can trap pockets of water against the wall of the tank. As the temperature rises, this trapped water evaporates causing the empty pockets to “pop.” When this happens, you’ll hear a banging or rumbling sound coming from your hot water heater. Scale makes your water heater work harder to produce the same amount of heat, reducing your building’s energy efficiency.
To help your commercial plumbing last as long as possible, ask about our commitment to water heater maintenance. Through proper maintenance, we can help prolong the life of your water heater so it’ll last for years to come.
Our Caledonia plumbers have experience working in commercial buildings in a range of industries, from dental practices to office spaces. To schedule a time for water heater replacement, call K&S Plumbing Co. at (616) 698-6790.