It’s important to know when it’s time for a new water heater, so you’re not caught off guard. Here are some of the main signs to look out for!
It’s Too Old
Nothing last forever, and this is certainly true for a water heater. They can sometimes last for about 15 years with regular care and maintenance. But once they reach the 10-year mark, they start to break down rather quickly. Even if your current water heater is older and working adequately, it’s best to get ahead of the decline due to age.
Your Water Heater Tank is Leaking
If you notice water on the floor around the tank of your water heater, that’s not a good sign. Seeing water means there’s a leak. This can be the result of expansions to the metal in the tank. Expansions occur over time as the inner body of the tank is exposed over and over to heating cycles. Depending on where your unit is placed inside your home, a leak could mean significant property damage. If the heater is located on the ground floor, it could mean you’ll deal with ruined carpeting, destroyed belongings, and mold growth in floors, walls, and carpeting. If you notice water leaking directly from the tank, it’s best to get it replaced as soon as possible.
Weird Sounds are Coming from Your Unit
Another sign you should watch out for is noises coming from the tank. A healthy unit shouldn’t make noise. Noises you hear may be caused by sediment building on the bottom of the tank. As the unit continually heats and reheats water, sediment will start to form. Over time, the sediment grows thicker and harder along the tank floor. This can cause a water heater to rapidly wear down, and cause accelerated damage and inefficiency.
You’re Not Getting Enough Hot Water
If it feels like you’re running out of hot water too quickly in your home, it’s likely not you but your water heater. Not getting enough hot water is a clear sign it’s time to look into replacing your water heater. If you have a growing family, this is the perfect time to replace your unit with one that will accommodate your needs better.
You’re Scheduling Frequent Repairs
A great way to know when your water heater needs to be replaced is to keep track of the number of times it needs to be repaired in a year. Your unit should not need to be fixed more than twice a year. The longer you leave your older water heater in place, the more often you’ll have to schedule repairs, and the more expansive those repairs will get. Replace your water heater, and you’ll not only stop wasting your money, but you’ll stop worrying about when your unit will break next.
Let City Plumbing Services Help You
If your water heater is showing signs of failure, don’t put off getting a replacement! Contact us at City Plumbing Services, and our top-rated, insured, and licensed plumbers will be happy to assist you. We’re always here to provide reliable and professional plumbing services you can trust. We’re located in Cave Creek, but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.