Water heaters benefit a great deal from our dry and mild climate here in Los Angeles, CA, which means that yours can likely go for many years before needing replacement. Sooner or later, that day will come, however, and because water heaters usually do their jobs quietly in out-of-the-way locations like your basement, it can be hard to spot the problem until it’s a raging crisis.
This is doubly unfortunately because many issues with water heaters can be addressed without replacement if they’re caught quickly. Ideally, you can schedule a maintenance session from a trained plumber once a year to spot any potential issues and plan to correct them. But you can augment that by checking for signs of trouble from your water heater throughout the year. Here are three specific ways to do that.