Water heaters are an essential part of everyday life, but repairing them is sometimes not an option. Some problems with water heaters require replacement, which can be a big investment. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your water heater rather than repair it.
Your Water Heater is Old
It’s easy to forget that a water heater, just like other home appliances, has a lifespan. A water heater should last up to 10 years but may need replacement as early as eight years. If your water heater hasn’t reached its “expiration date” but is frequently leaking, rusty or isn’t working well, don’t wait — replace it.
There Are Leaks
A water heater can leak from several different places and can usually be fixed quite easily. However, a water heater repair is not an option if the tank itself is leaking. Caused mostly by wear and tear, a leak from the tank is usually small at first but can cause major damage in the future. If your water heater’s tank is leaking, schedule a hot water heater replacement immediately.
It’s Getting Rusty
Rust on water pipes and tanks is a sure sign of imminent leaking due to corroded metal. You may need to replace your water if you notice rust in the following places:
- Your tap water
- The water inlet or pressure relief valve of the heater
- The water heater tank
If you aren’t sure whether the rust is coming from your water heater or not, drain several buckets of water from the tank. If there’s still rust in the water, you’ll need a new water heater.
The Tank is Noisy
Although appliances like water heaters generally make noise while running, loud or unusual noises from your water heater are a sign that something is wrong. If you hear bubbling sounds from your water heater, there is likely sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank from use. This can wear down the water heater rapidly, leading to inefficiency and even early replacement. To prevent sediment build-up flush your water heater once a year.
If you’re concerned about the state of your water heater, the best way to be sure of its condition is to contact Parker & Sons Plumbing. Our technicians are experienced in both water heater installation and maintenance, so we can take care of any problems with your water heater.
To schedule an appointment, contact Parker & Sons Plumbing today.