When is it time to Buy a New Water Heater? Here are 7 signs it’s time to replace your water heater.
If you have no idea when your water heater has been replaced, it might be time to look for a new one. Most water heaters last between 10 and 15 years. If you are not sure how old your water heater is, check the serial number. Usually, this is on a sticker on top of the unit. If you can’t find a date, type the serial number into the manufacturer’s website for more information.
- Unclear or rust-colored water
When you turn on the hot water, and your water appears rusty or murky, this might be another indication your water heater needs to be replaced.
- No Hot Water
When you find you have no hot water, this is due to two possible things: The circuit breaker has tripped, or your pilot light is out. Another reason could be that your water heater has reached the end of its life.
- Odd Noises
Noise is an indicator of old age. When the water is heated, sediments harden, causing knocks, banging, or rumbling sounds. The accumulation of sediment, causing noises combined with the age of your unit is a clear marker for the need to replace the water heater.
- Amount of Water Heater Usage
Did you know increased hot water usage will strain your water heater? A home with a family of six that uses hot water constantly will have a water heater with a shorter life than an individual living alone and frequently not putting much strain on the water heater.
- Corroded Fittings
Even though water heaters are made to endure moisture and high temperatures, continuous rushing water can wear down specific components over time. Leaks can be found around the valves or the pipework when they have corroded.
Suppose the fittings around your water heater look rusted or worn down. In that case, a plumber can help you determine whether the water heater can be fixed by replacing the damaged parts or if the corrosion indicates a more severe problem.
- Numerous Repairs
You can solve many appliance issues through simple repair. However, once an appliance requires several repairs to stay functional, it may be a wiser investment to replace the machine rather than spend more money on it because repairs continue to add up.
If your water heater has needed multiple repairs in the last one to two years, it might be in your best interest to begin planning for a replacement before these minor issues become more prominent. If repairs are adding up, it might be a better investment to just replace the entire water heater.
Leaks are problematic. If you notice water accumulating near your water heater or it leaks when standing, it might be an indication the inner tank has reached the end of its life. Slow drips and leaks quickly escalate, causing severe flooding if the entire tank breaks down.
Is it time to replace your water heater?
Call Acosta Plumbing Solutions at (832) 503-4262 to schedule an appointment with an experienced water heater technician. They can walk you through options and help you select the perfect replacement system for your needs.