5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You might be amazed at how easy it is to forget about your water heater’s age, or how challenging it can be to recognize a concern before it causes a mess.

There are several indications that you can leverage to keep track of the state 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 could be time to replace your water heater in the U.S..

1. It’s Starting to Show Its Age

Just like the other essential appliances inside your house, your water heater has a definite life expectancy. When it approaches the end, it will run much less efficiently and can be pricier to repair 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 longer than 10 years, as this may lead to expensive damage in your home if it fails.

There’s always a potential for your water heater to experience issues prior to this time, so take note of anything that feels unusual.

2. Rust is Starting to Form

Rust is commonly a symptom your water heater needs to be examined. Rust is corrosive and could rapidly expand to other components. This can cause a leak or other issues. If you notice a bit on the tank or pipes, speak with a licensed professional.

3. Limited Heated Water

If your water heater is straining to heat water, that’s an apparent sign an upgrade is needed. Your heater may not be able to deliver any hot water because of sediment accumulation. The tank size may also be inadequate for the capacity of water your home uses.

This is very true for larger households. The faster you deplete hot water, the more critical it is to evaluate installing a new model.

4. You’re Hearing Unusual Noises

Your water heater isn’t silent. If you start to notice banging noises coming from the tank on a frequent basis, that might mean a component is loose.

Strange sounds might also suggest there’s debris piling up inside the tank’s base. Large amounts of buildup can make your water heater work harder and increase your energy expenses as a result.

Listen carefully if you begin to note any odd noises, and call our team right away.

5. Sudden Leaks

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

These leaks are often a result of small cracks in the tank itself. The longer you postpone it, the more likely you’ll run into a crisis when the tank gives out. (You can avoid a messy tank malfunction later on by installing a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is expensive to take care of and a headache you shouldn’t have to worry about.

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

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