5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You might be amazed at how easy it is to lose track of your water heater’s age, or how difficult it can be to spot a problem before it causes damage.

There are a couple signs that you can take advantage of to keep track of the state of your water heater. You’ll want to be alert for them to keep your equipment in the top shape.

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

1. It’s Starting to Display Its Age

Much like the other essential appliances inside your house, your water heater has a definite life expectancy. When it gets to the end, it will function much less efficiently and might be costlier to service than replacing it.

The typical water heater life span is about six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be working for past 10 years, because this may lead to expensive damage in your home if it leaks.

It’s always possible for your water heater to run into problems prior to this time, so pay attention to anything that seems odd.

2. Rust is Starting to Appear

Rust is often an indication your water heater needs to be checked. Rust is corrosive and may swiftly expand to other components. This can create a leak or other issues. If you observe a little on the tank or pipes, speak with a licensed professional.

3. There’s No More Hot Water

If your water heater is straining to heat water, that’s a clear sign an upgrade is necessary. Your heater may not be able to provide any hot water because of buildup. The tank capacity might also be insufficient for the capacity of water your family needs.

This is particularly true for larger residences. The quicker you use up hot water, the more essential it is to think about buying a new one.

4. You’re Hearing Unusual Noises

Your water heater makes a little noise. If you start to notice clanging noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that may mean a component isn’t tight.

Weird sounds might also mean there’s debris accumulating on the tank’s base. Large amounts of buildup could force your water heater to work harder and increase your heating and cooling costs as a result.

Listen carefully if you start to note any odd noises, and give us a call as soon as possible.

5. Surprise Leaks

If you see puddles or dark areas near your water heater, it’s a smart time to think about buying a new unit as soon as possible.

These leaks are often created by small fractures in the tank itself. The longer you ignore it, the more likely you’ll experience an emergency when the tank gives out. (You can avoid a messy tank leak later on by installing a tankless water heater, which doesn’t keep water.)

Water damage is costly to fix and a trouble you shouldn’t have to fret about.

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

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