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 hard it can be to identify a problem before it creates a mess.

There are a few pointers that you can leverage 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 best condition.

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

1. It’s Starting to Show Its Age

Much like the other essential appliances inside your house, your water heater has a definite life expectancy. When it approaches the end, it will function much less efficiently and could be pricier to service than buying a new one.

The typical water heater life span is about six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be in use for more than 10 years, since this can result in pricey damage in your home if it leaks.

It’s always possible for your water heater to have problems prior to this time, so take note of anything that seems unusual.

2. Rust is Starting to Form

Rust is normally a sign your water heater needs to be checked. Rust is corrosive and can quickly spread to other pieces. This can result in a leak or other malfunctions. If you see some on the tank or pipes, contact a licensed professional.

3. Limited Warm 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 deliver any hot water because of too much sediment. The tank volume could 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 critical it is to evaluate installing a new one.

4. You’re Hearing Strange Noises

Your water heater will make some noise. If you have noticed banging noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that might indicate a part isn’t secure.

Strange sounds may also mean there’s debris piling up on the tank’s base. Excessive buildup may push your water heater to work harder and increase your heating and cooling bills as a result.

Listen closely if you are starting to hear any strange noises, and call us as soon as possible.

5. Unexpected Leaks

If you notice puddles or dark spots close to your water heater, it’s a smart time to evaluate getting a new unit ASAP.

These leaks are frequently created by small fractures in the tank itself. The longer you postpone it, the more likely you’ll experience a dilemma when the tank malfunctions. (You can avoid a messy tank malfunction in the future by installing a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is pricey to fix and a trouble you shouldn’t have to worry about.

If your water heater is on its way out, or in extreme need of expert repairs, reach out to the Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technicians at 866-397-3787. You could also request an appointment by contacting us online.

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