5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You may be shocked at how easy it is to forget about your water heater’s age, or how challenging it can be to spot a concern before it causes a mess.

There are several indications that you can use to keep track of the state of your water heater. You’ll want to be alert for them to keep your equipment in the best state.

Here are five likely signs it might be time to replace your water heater in the U.S..

1. It’s Starting to Show Its Age

Just like the other essential appliances inside your residence, your water heater has a defined life span. When it gets to the end, it will operate much less efficiently and could be pricier to service than replacing it.

The average water heater life span is approximately six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be in use for past 10 years, as this could result in expensive damage in your residence if it malfunctions.

There’s always a possibility for your water heater to run into problems before this time, so pay attention to anything that appears strange.

2. Rust is Starting to Appear

Rust is normally a symptom your water heater needs to be checked. Rust is corrosive and might rapidly expand to other components. This can cause a leak or other problems. If you notice some on the tank or pipes, speak with a licensed professional.

3. Limited Heated Water

If your water heater is having difficulty heating water, that’s an obvious sign an upgrade is needed. Your heater may not be able to deliver any hot water because of too much sediment. The tank volume might also be insufficient for the capacity of water your house requires.

This is especially true for larger houses. The faster you run out of hot water, the more essential it is to consider getting a new water heater.

4. You’re Hearing Strange Noises

Your water heater makes a little noise. If you begin to notice banging noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that may suggest a component isn’t secure.

Strange sounds can also mean there’s junk building up on the tank’s base. Excessive buildup can make your water heater work harder and increase your energy bills as a result.

Listen intently if you start to note any strange noises, and give us a call right away.

5. Surprise Leaks

If you notice puddles or dark areas close to your water heater, it’s a wise time to evaluate installing a new unit as soon as possible.

These leaks are typically created by little cracks in the tank itself. The longer you wait to fix it, the more likely you’ll have a dilemma when the tank malfunctions. (You can avoid a messy tank leak down the road by installing a tankless water heater, which doesn’t store water.)

Water damage is pricey to repair and a headache you shouldn’t have to deal with.

If your water heater is past its prime, or in extreme need of pro repairs, call the Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing pros at 866-397-3787. You can also set up an appointment by contacting us online.

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