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When is it an Ideal Time to Get a New Hot Water Heater?

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Most homeowners do not consider their hot water heater until a problem arises.

Most homeowners do not consider their hot water heater until a problem arises. While there are constant maintenance routines you can do to extend the life of your water heater, its end will eventually come. The average water heater lasts about 12 years. So, replacing an aged water heater before its time is essential so you can avoid being without hot water during the replacement process. If your heater experiences substantial problems, significant leaks can cause superb water damage to your property.

The Water Heater’s Age

If you have concerns regarding the lifespan of your hot water heater, you should determine its age. While newer models should have the manufacturing date clearly labeled, the older versions need age decoded based on the serial number. You can locate your home’s heater serial number on the manufacturer sticker on the top portion of the tank. So, knowing your home’s heater age can help you plan for its replacement. Despite the unit’s age, there are other indicators that you may need a water heater replacement.

Rusty Water

Metal combined with water equals rust. Since hot water heaters are developed from aluminum and steel, they primarily hold and transfer heated water. In this process, you can’t prevent rust. Your water heater is probably rusting if you notice rust-colored water coming out of your taps or the valves of your unit. You most likely will need a water heater repair if there is rust and corrosion.

Noises & Rumbling

The sound of unusual noises from your heater might indicate a problem brewing in your unit. It’s typically built-up calcium, dirt, and sediment in your unit that are the culprits behind rumbling and popping noises. In addition, this sediment might jostle about when the heater works to heat the water, causing the odd noises you hear. However, you can flush out the dirt and sediment. Over time, this sediment can break down your tank.

Major Leaks

You might need a water heater replacement if your current one is leaking. First, ensure the source of the leak is located. Investigate puddles surrounding the unit to find the cause. If the leak comes from the unit, turn off the water to prevent additional damage to your home.

Hot Water Reduction

Your unit might fail if your water heater temperature has reduced to cool, lukewarm, or no hot water. This problem can happen due to multiple elements on your unit malfunctioning or broken. A water loss could result from your home’s hot water needs passing the current unit’s strength. If this is the case, an upgrade might be necessary to satisfy your home’s increased hot water demands.


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