Water heaters mostly operate without any incidents, but some key telltale signs could indicate you need a new one. That said, the average homeowner who doesn’t know what to look for may not know when to call a professional.
Hot water for showers, washing dishes, and laundry is not a luxury but a necessity. Therefore, keeping your heater in good shape is a must. Here are some tips to help you know if it’s time to replace your home’s water heater.
Leaking is a concrete sign that you may need a replacement. Stains and water spots under the heater often show there is an active leak. Sometimes, the issue has nothing to do with the heaters but the fittings and connections. You risk incurring severe property destruction if a small leak expands into a major disaster. Carpets, baseboards, and personal property damage can occur alongside the threats of mold formation. Calling technicians to swiftly address leakage issues can save you from water damage.
The heater is too old
Replacing your water heater is highly advisable if it’s older than ten years and shows signs of age. Water heaters have an average lifespan of eight to twelve years, so you don’t have to use yours past the stated lifespan.
One way to find out the manufacturing date of your water heater is to check the serial number listed on the manufacturer’s sticker. Most homeowners require a water heater replacement two to three times throughout their homeownership span, so feel free to consider this.
No hot water
Lack of hot water can create several inconveniences for homeowners. You may not be able to enjoy a shower and wash greasy dishes when your heater cannot provide hot water. If you are like many homeowners, you probably depend on your water heater multiple times daily.
No hot water could mean there is a problem, like a broken element that requires repairs. Apart from that, thermostats that need adjusting or mineral sediment accumulation are other issues that can lead to no hot water. Whatever the issue, a licensed plumber can inspect and diagnose your water heater situation and recommend a replacement where necessary.
Rusty water or tank parts
Another clear sign that your water heater needs a replacement is when you see rusty water or tank components. While it often takes some time to develop, other signs of rust on the tank, valves, or pipes require urgent attention. Rusty water coming out of the tank for extended periods is not a good sign, as this could mean disaster is about to happen.
Understand that rusty water may also have a connection with decaying pipes. The best way to find out the cause is to get a professional to evaluate your home’s plumbing system for maintenance and possible replacements. Skilled and knowledgeable HVAC contractors can offer exceptional service to help you create more comfort in your home by repairing or replacing your cooling and heating systems.