5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You could be amazed at how easy it is to forget about your water heater’s age, or how difficult it can be to identify a concern before it results in a big leak.

There are a couple pointers that you can use to keep track of the state of your water heater. You’ll want to be on the lookout for them to keep your equipment in the top shape.

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

1. It’s Starting to Demonstrate Its Age

Much like the other crucial appliances inside your house, your water heater has a definite lifetime. When it approaches the end, it will run much less efficiently and can be more expensive to fix than buying a new one.

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

There’s always a possibility for your water heater to experience issues earlier than this time, so be attentive to anything that seems odd.

2. Rust is Starting to Form

Rust is normally a symptom your water heater needs to be inspected. Rust is corrosive and can swiftly expand to other parts. This can cause a leak or other problems. If you see some on the tank or pipes, contact a licensed professional.

3. Limited Heated Water

If your water heater is struggling to heat water, that’s an apparent sign an upgrade is required. Your heater may not be able to create any hot water because of too much sediment. The tank capacity may also be inadequate for the volume of water your house uses.

This is especially true for larger houses. The speedier you run out of hot water, the more important it is to think about buying a new water heater.

4. You’re Hearing Odd Noises

Your water heater isn’t silent. If you have noticed clanging noises coming from the tank on a routine basis, that might suggest a piece isn’t tight.

Strange sounds could also suggest there’s debris building up inside the tank’s base. Large amounts of buildup can make your water heater work harder and increase your heating and cooling bills as a result.

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

5. Surprise Leaks

If you discover puddles or dark patches around your water heater, it’s a good time to evaluate buying an updated unit as soon as possible.

These leaks are often caused by slight splits in the tank itself. The longer you wait to fix it, the more likely you’ll experience a dilemma when the tank malfunctions. (You can halt a messy tank leak later on by upgrading to a tankless water heater, which doesn’t store water.)

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

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

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