5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You could be shocked at how easy it is to forget about your water heater’s age, or how challenging it can be to notice an issue before it causes a mess.

There are a few indications that you can use to keep an eye on the status of your water heater. You’ll want to be alert for them to keep your equipment in the finest condition.

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

1. It’s Starting to Show Its Age

Much like the other crucial appliances inside your home, your water heater has a clear lifetime. When it gets to the end, it will work much less efficiently and could be more expensive to fix than buying a new one.

The average water heater life span is around six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be working for past 10 years, because this might result in expensive damage in your home if it fails.

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

2. Rust is Starting to Appear

Rust is often an indication your water heater needs to be inspected. Rust is corrosive and could rapidly move to other parts. This can create a leak or other issues. If you notice some on the tank or pipes, call a licensed professional.

3. Limited Hot Water

If your water heater is straining to heat water, that’s a clear sign an upgrade is required. Your heater may not be able to provide any hot water because of sediment. The tank volume could also be insufficient for the volume of water your family needs.

This is especially true for larger houses. The faster you run out of hot water, the more important it is to think over getting a new model.

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 could mean a piece isn’t secure.

Weird sounds can also indicate there’s debris building up inside the tank’s base. Too much buildup could push your water heater to work harder and increase your utility bills as a result.

Listen carefully if you are starting to notice any unusual noises, and give our team a call as soon as possible.

5. Surprise Leaks

If you find puddles or dark patches close to your water heater, it’s a smart time to consider getting a replacement unit right away.

These leaks are frequently a result of small splits in the tank itself. The longer you wait to fix it, the more likely you’ll have a dilemma when the tank fails. (You can avoid a messy tank leak in the future by getting a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is expensive to repair and a trouble you shouldn’t have to deal with.

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

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