How to Tell if It’s Time for a Water Heater Replacement
Every home has a water heater and most likely it’s used every day for bathing, laundry and general cleaning. However, like all appliances, water heaters eventually need to be replaced. Knowing when it’s time for a water heater replacement can save you money and prevent unexpected leaks or breakdowns.
Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace your water heater:
- Age: The average lifespan of a water heater is between 8-12 years. Older water heaters generally run less efficiently and waste money on utility costs.
- Rust or corrosion: Rust or corrosion on the water heater pipes or the storage tank itself can be a sign of deterioration. A water heater replacement is probably best.
- Leaking: If you notice water around the base of your water heater, it’s a sign that the tank is leaking and needs to be replaced. A leaky water heater can cause water damage to your home and increase your water bill.
- No hot water: If your water heater is not producing hot water, it may be a sign that the heating element or thermostat is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced.
- Strange noises: If you hear strange noises coming from your water heater, such as popping or banging, it may be a sign that the tank is full of sediment and needs to be replaced.
- Decrease in hot water capacity: If you notice that you’re running out of hot water faster than usual, there’s obviously an efficiency issue that should be addressed by a professional plumber.
If you’re unsure whether it’s time to replace your water heater, consult a professional plumber like Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling. They can inspect your water heater and provide a recommendation on whether it needs to be replaced or if it can be repaired.
In conclusion, a water heater replacement can be a significant investment. Remember though, that a new water heater can save money on energy bills and prevent unexpected leaks or breakdowns. Keep an eye out for signs of age, rust, corrosion, leaks, strange noises, and a decrease in hot water capacity.
If you’re still unsure, contact Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling today.