When To Replace A Water Heater

How do you know when it’s time to replace the water heater in your home? Often times a water heater is ignored until it is no longer providing the hot water as needed. Here are a few signs it may be time to think about a replacement:

Water Leaks

If you notice dripping water from the storage tank or puddles around the tank you may have a leak. Sitting water can damage floors and walls so it is important to call a plumber to see if it can be repaired or should be replaced.

Equipment Age

The typical life expectancy of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years old. Many homeowners choose to replace a water heater as it nears the end of the useful life to avoid the increased risks of larger problems that occur as the water heater continues to age.

Lack Of Hot Water

The lack of hot water in your home could be attributed to many issues, a misadjusted thermostat, broken heating element, or an increase in hot water demand. If you are running out of hot water on a regular basis for normal daily tasks, it’s best to consult a professional service company on next steps.

Discolored Water

Brown or rust colored water from your faucets could be an indicator of corrosion or rust in your water heater. This can serve as a warning sign for an increased risk of potential leaks. The discoloration could also be from excessive sediment built up in the tank from irregular maintenance.

Unusual Noises

As a water heater ages you may notice increasing noise from the storage tank. This could be due to sediment build up over time. In any case, if you notice noise coming from your water heater, it may be time to have it inspected by a professional service company.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be caused by sediment build up in the tank that could be causing damage to your pipes and restricting the flow of water.

Next Steps

If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to have your water heater looked at by a service professional. It’s often easier to address a small issue before it becomes a larger problem. Click here to schedule a free consultation for a water heater replacement.