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Five signs your water heater is about to give up the ghost

Don’t risk disaster, contact Giannone today

What’s worse, a flooded basement or no hot water?

The answer is a flooded basement, of course, but if your water heater conks out, you could be dealing with both in your Philadelphia home. Luckily, there are some fairly obvious signs your water heater, which has a lifespan of about 10 years, is approaching the end of the line.

Whether you want to replace a water heater in your Philadelphia home or want just a checkup for peace of mind, Giannone has you covered. Here are five signs you need to contact us before what could have been a replacement job morphs into a disaster:

  1. Discolored water. Rusty water coming out of your tap may indicate your water heater is corroding on the inside. Some plumbing may corrode, too, so it’s best to consult a professional to gauge the health of your water heater if you have galvanized piping or your water supply is prone to discoloration.
  2. Strange rumblings. Sediment can build up over time at the bottom of your water heater, and as it hardens it can cause knocking or rumbling noises. This sediment load can limit the efficiency of your water heater, and cause wear that leads to leaks.
  3. Leaks or moisture. Check around the base of your water heater regularly for puddles or moisture. Since water heaters tend to be located in garages, basements or other areas prone to condensation, sop up the water and check again the next day. If there is new moisture buildup, then you likely have a leak.
  4. Lukewarm water. If it takes a long time for water to heat up at the faucet, this could mean your water heater is no longer doing its job. A heating element may be out, or the thermostat may be on the fritz.

Failure to replace a water heater in a timely fashion can lead to water damage and accompanying cleanup costs. Don’t risk it. Contact Giannone today for an inspection, and if needed, installation of a new water heater in your Philadelphia home.