We need warm water for showers, baths, dish cleaning, laundry, and cooking. And water heaters provide us with a steady supply of warm/hot water. But sooner or later, you’ll have to replace your water heater.
Every water heater model has a different lifespan. Usually, newer models last much longer than the traditional models. Sometimes, water heater problems are not too big. You need to install a few new components only.
But other times, there is no way to fix the problems. But how would I know whether I need a new water heater or not?
Look no further. Here are the five telltale signs you need to replace your water heater.
It’s too Old
On average, standard water heaters can last up to a decade before they need to be replaced. While most people might squeeze a few more years out of their water heaters, but after 10 years, you should consider buying a new heater.
If your water heater is older than a decade, it’s a clear sign that you need to replace it. If you don’t remember the exact age of your water heater, look for the serial number. It’ll most likely be on the top.
A major sign that it’s time to replace the water heater is rusty water. Despite being the strongest metal on the face of the earth, steel has a weakness, RUST. If your hot water is becoming rusty, it indicates that your water heater is corroded from the inside.
The corrosion will continue to spread, and you might hear rustling as well. Sometimes, the rust might be coming from the pipes. So, you should examine the inside of the heater, and if the corrosion has taken hold on the interior surface, your heater will soon start leaking.
If your water heater is leaking, it means that it is near the end of its life expectancy. Leaks might be due to rust, or they can also be due to fractures. Since the metal expands as it heats and contracts when it cools down, fractures can develop over time.
But keep in mind that if your water heater has fractures, chances are the tank might burst.
It’s Making Noises
Water heaters start making strange noises as they get older. Sediment builds up over the years. And when the water is heated again and again, the sediments harden. It wastes energy as a lot of the heater’s capacity is used.
Eventually, you’ll hear rumbling noises from inside the water heater. This is another sign that you need to get a new water heater.
Insufficient Hot Water
Does your shower keep turning cold before you even get done? You should get a new water heater. Most of you already know that water heaters get worse at heating as they age. The loss of capacity is due to that sediment build-up.
Sediment that builds up over time in heaters separates water from the heat source. So, the lack of hot water is another clear sign that your heater is failing and should be replaced.
Installing a new water heater is not something you can do yourself. It’s best to rely on a professional plumber. Do you need any help with water heater installation? Kwik plumbers is always here to help.
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