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When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Hot water is an essential part of a comfortable home. Washing your hands, cooking, and showering will often require water that is less than cold. A strong water heater ensures you will have access to this heat when you need it. And if you’ve ever had to go without it, you know exactly how necessary it is.

Every appliance in your home will need to be replaced at some point. Certain appliances will be able to last for a very long time with proper care and attention, but nothing lasts forever. The trick is to figure out when it’s time to replace the item before it becomes a drain on your utilities and becomes more trouble than it’s worth.

The performance of your water heater will have a large influence on how comfortable your home will be. So how do you know when it’s time to replace it?

We’ve put together a short guide of signs that your water heater might be reaching the end of its life. However, none of these signs will be concrete, and you should consult a professional plumber for advice relating to your exact situation.

Here are 7 signs it’s time to replace your water heater:

  • Hot Water Runs Out Quickly
  • After 10 Years
  • Utility Bills Start to Spike
  • Water Appears Rusty
  • Strange Noises
  • Moisture Around the Unit
  • Frequent Repairs

 


Hot Water Runs Out Quickly

The first sign will quickly be noticed by everyone in your home. Have you ever been halfway through a shower when the hot water runs out? It’s not exactly something you might miss.

Running out of hot water when you’re in the middle of washing the dishes or perhaps even the laundry can be quite disruptive. It’s also a sign that your hot water heater isn’t able to keep up with the demands of the household.

After 10 Years

Water heaters generally have a lifespan between six and twelve years, depending on the model and type. Check your manual to find the exact lifespan of your water heater. And if you don’t have that information, you can use ten years as a general guide.

The serial number can tell you the year your water heater was made if you don’t know exactly how old it is. This won’t tell you when it was installed, but it will help you ballpark it.

The serial number should start with a letter. The following two numbers relate to the year. For instance, the number 09 will refer to the year 2009.

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Utility Bills Start to Spike

Your utility bills will encompass a variety of factors. However, your water heater will account for a large percentage of this bill. Older water heaters lose efficiency, which causes them to draw even more power than they did before. This can create a noticeable increase in your utility bill.

Contact a professional plumber to inspect your water heater. There might be some maintenance that can be done to account for its inefficiencies. If not, it might be more cost-effective to replace the unit altogether.

Water Appears Rusty

Discolored water can be quite alarming. Rusty-looking water can look very dirty and could be potentially harmful beyond a bad taste. And while it might seem like a large system-wide problem, it might just be your water heater.

Older units can affect the color of the water when the basin begins to erode. Although, it could also be due to what’s called the “sacrificial anode rod,” which can be replaced. But if it is, in fact, the basin, a larger replacement will be necessary.

Strange Noises

Sediment will build up over time inside of your water heater. Older units will see this buildup get to a point where it collects, hardens, and starts to knock against the side of the unit.

This knocking will be audible and is a sign that your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan. Regular flushing of your unit can help to prevent the buildup of this sediment.

Moisture Around the Unit

The water around your water heater can be a sign of leaks, which means it’s time for a new water heater. Pressure can build up inside of the tank which will explode if left unaddressed.

High temperatures and water pressure will contribute to this pressure that can be found by ensuing leaks around the water heater. Corrosion on the side of the tank is another symptom of this problem.

Call a professional plumber to address these concerns as soon as they are found.

Frequent Repairs

Any mechanical device is going to need repairs at one point or another. And just like other mechanical devices, there will come a time when the repairs to your water heater will outweigh the cost of simply replacing the unit altogether.

Are you having a plumber come out to service your water heater more often than you think is appropriate? It might be time to find a new water heater.

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