Living in Tahoe creates certain plumbing issues that you don’t find at lower elevations. If you are concerned about your water heater and its efficiency you can do a few things to inspect it and determine how much life it might have left in it. No one wants a house full of renters coming back from a long day of skiing to find no hot water.
Check the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number. If your water heater is older than ten years it could be getting close to replacement. If it’s in a location that doesn’t matter if it springs a leak you could wait for it to leak to replace it.
If you open the drain on the water heater and get rusty water this is a sign that sediment is forming and the tank is rusting. You can also check for signs of corrosion at the drain and the hot outlet on the top of the tank.
Finally if the water heater is making noise while its heating, this is a sign that sediment has hardened inside the tank.
If you live in Tahoe or Truckee and would like us to do an inspection on your water heater, please don’t hesitate to call Tahoe’s Best Plumbing.