5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You could be shocked at how easy it is to be unaware of your water heater’s age, or how hard it can be to spot a problem before it creates a mess.

There are a few signs that you can use to keep track of the condition of your water heater. You’ll want to be watching for them to keep your equipment in the finest shape.

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

1. It’s Starting to Demonstrate Its Age

Just like the other crucial appliances inside your home, your water heater has a definite life expectancy. When it approaches the end, it will function much less efficiently and may be more expensive to service than getting a new one.

The usual water heater lifetime is approximately six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be in use for longer than 10 years, since this could create expensive damage in your home if it fails.

It’s always possible for your water heater to run into troubles sooner than this time, so be attentive to anything that appears strange.

2. Rust is Starting to Form

Rust is often a symptom your water heater needs to be inspected. Rust is corrosive and can rapidly move to other components. This can cause a leak or other problems. If you see a bit on the tank or pipes, speak with a licensed professional.

3. There’s No More Warm Water

If your water heater is straining to heat water, that’s an obvious sign an upgrade is necessary. Your heater may not be able to deliver any hot water because of too much sediment. The tank size may also be inadequate for the capacity of water your household requires.

This is especially true for larger homes. The quicker you use up hot water, the more crucial it is to think about buying a new model.

4. You’re Hearing Odd Noises

Your water heater will make some noise. If you have noticed clanging noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that could suggest a part isn’t tight.

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

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

5. Unexpected Leaks

If you notice puddles or dark areas around your water heater, it’s a smart time to evaluate installing a replacement unit ASAP.

These leaks are usually caused by little cracks in the tank itself. The longer you ignore it, the more likely you’ll experience a dilemma when the tank gives out. (You can stop a messy tank leak later on by getting a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is pricey to take care of and a headache you shouldn’t have to fret about.

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

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