Is Your Water Heater Failing? How To Bathe Without It


Sometimes people take things like a warm shower for granted. But your water heater can go out, leaving you cold and frustrated. The following guide will show a few warning signs of a failing water heater and how to shower without heat if necessary.

Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Be sure you pay attention to some of the following:

The first sign you should consider is your water heater's age. Most experts say that the average lifespan of a water heater is about ten years. So make an appointment with your water heater specialist if your unit is old.

You can also check the age of your appliance by looking at the manufacturer's sticker, which usually sits somewhere near the top of the water heater. Your owner's manual should show you how to read the date, although it is usually represented by the first three characters of the serial number. The first character or letter is the month. So, an A will equal to the first month or January. The next two characters are the last to digits of the manufacturing year.

Rust around your water heater, or rust colored water, is a sign of a water heater problems. Rust is the result of corrosion that simply was untreated. Rust also means that the metal is brittle and is in danger of developing a leak. A leak is also a sign to look out for.

You might also hear strange noises coming from your water heater. These noises could be rumbling or banging, which may be the result of a buildup of sediments floating water heater. The sediments boil and begin to act erratically.

You can talk to your water heater specialist about other warning signs to look out for because it is better to catch these issues before they leave you with freezing water.

Tips To Bathe Without Your Water Heater

You might not have seen the signs, and now you're stuck with cold water until your water heater specialist comes to resolve the issue. You can prepare by turning on your heater. Shut the door, and allow the heat to fill the room.

Now you can consider the following:

  1. Fill your tub half-way up with cold water.
  2. Boil a large pot of water, and pour it in the tub. Check the temperature to make sure it's okay, and jump in.
  3. Clean yourself as you normally would; just remember that the warmth of this water won't last long, so be quick.

Now you know how to catch potential water heater failure before it happens and what to do about bathing should your heater give out on you.


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