Is your home’s water heater on its last leg? Hopping into the shower to discover the warm water you were anticipating is icy cold is a rude awakening no one needs in their life. How can you know if you need a new water heater or if a professional repair will do the trick? Below are five signs indicating you need a water heater replacement.
Signs Your Water Heater Is Dying
Even if you aren’t a professional plumber, there are things you can look for with your water heater to determine if a replacement is in your near future. Here are the top five signs:
1. Corrosion and Rust
Look around your tank, specifically near the pressure relief and temperature valves and the outlet and inlet connections. If you see areas of rust or corrosion, your water heater may be too far gone for a simple repair. Getting rusty water out of your faucets is another sign the unit is nearing the end of its lifespan.
2. Strange Noises Coming From the Unit
As water heaters age, they begin to make some odd noises. Sediment can build up in the tank, settling at the bottom. Then, when the water is heating, sediments harden and can bang around the inside of the tank, making a rumbling or knocking sound.
3. Hot Water Is Short-Lived
When your hot water consistently runs out mid-way through your shower, it may be time for a water heater replacement. Aging water heaters become unable to heat the water efficiently. Plus, they lose capacity as the sediment accumulation grows, so they can’t produce the hot water your household requires.
4. Water Leaks or Puddles
Noticing puddles or leaks around the water heater? This is an issue that requires immediate professional attention. An older water heater can develop fractures and cracks in the tank, putting you at risk for a bursting tank, which is an issue no homeowner wants to face.
5. Unit Is 10 Years Old or Older
Typically, water heaters will last approximately ten years. So, if your heater is giving you problems and is around that age or older, it’s time to move forward with a replacement.
Let Progressive Plumbing Provide Expert Repair or Replacement
So, whether you want to attempt a professional water heater repair, or you know it’s time to invest in a replacement, the team at family-owned Progressive Plumbing will exceed your expectations. Our licensed, insured plumbers will help you either solve your water heater problem with a repair or provide a replacement that will give you years of hot water comfort.
Connect with us online now to schedule plumbing service or to find out if your water heater needs to be replaced.