5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You may be shocked at how easy it is to be unaware of your water heater’s age, or how hard it can be to recognize a problem before it results in a mess.

There are several pointers that you can leverage to monitor the status of your water heater. You’ll want to be watching for them to keep your equipment in the best state.

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

1. It’s Starting to Demonstrate Its Age

Much like the other important appliances inside your residence, your water heater has a clear life expectancy. When it approaches the end, it will run much less efficiently and may be pricier to service than getting a new one.

The typical water heater life expectancy is around six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be in use for more than 10 years, as this could lead to pricey damage in your home if it fails.

There’s always a possibility for your water heater to have problems earlier than this time, so take note of anything that seems strange.

2. Rust is Starting to Show

Rust is usually a sign your water heater needs to be checked. Rust is corrosive and could swiftly spread to other components. This can result in a leak or other issues. If you notice a bit on the tank or pipes, speak with a licensed professional.

3. There’s No More Hot Water

If your water heater is having difficulty heating water, that’s a clear sign an upgrade is necessary. Your heater may not be able to provide any hot water because of sediment. The tank volume might also be insufficient for the capacity of water your household requires.

This is very true for larger residences. The speedier you run out of hot water, the more essential it is to think over buying a new one.

4. You’re Hearing Strange Noises

Your water heater will make some noise. If you notice knocking noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that may mean a component is loose.

Weird sounds can also indicate there’s sediment building up on the tank’s base. Excessive buildup could force your water heater to work harder and increase your energy expenses as a result.

Listen carefully if you begin to notice any unusual noises, and give us a call right away.

5. Unexpected Leaks

If you notice puddles or dark spots around your water heater, it’s a smart time to think about getting a replacement unit right away.

These leaks are frequently created by slight cracks in the tank itself. The longer you disregard it, the more likely you’ll experience a crisis when the tank gives out. (You can avoid a messy tank failure later on by getting a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is costly to repair and a nuisance you shouldn’t have to worry about.

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

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