Unless you enjoy cold showers, it’s important to keep your home water heater serviced and up to date. Just like any household appliance, your hot water heater can wear out over time and eventually require repair or replacing. But how do you know when your water heater needs to be replaced? Here are a few signs to look out for that could indicate that your water heater is about to break down and is due for a replacement.
Your Water Heater Is Getting Old
According to water heater manufacturers, most tank type heaters last between 8-12 years. Regular maintenance provided by you or by a qualified plumbing contractor can help to prolong the lifespan of your water heater and increase its efficiency. However, eventually, age will catch up with your hot water heater and cause it to fail. Rather than being left with a costly plumbing emergency, it will help to be proactive with the maintenance of your water heater. Calling your local plumber for an inspection before your old water heater fails is highly recommended. A trusted and qualified plumbing company can inform you of the current status of your water heater and the options that best fit your needs.
Replacing a tank type water heater for a tankless on-demand water heater can be a wise choice as they help to conserve energy while also lasting longer. Many tankless water heater manufacturers even offer a lifetime warranty on leaks from the heater.
You Experience The Same Problems Repeatedly
Water too hot or too cold, not enough hot water, or no hot water at all? These are all warning signs of issues with your water heater. Troubleshooting and servicing your water heater can help to correct or prevent some common water heater issues. But if the same problem crops up again and again, your water heater is probably due for a replacement.
Your first step should be identifying the source of the problem. If the issue is rust/corrosion, sediment buildup, thermostat malfunction or bacteria build up, you may be able to correct the issue with the help of a licensed plumber. However, if the same issue recurs, or becomes so serious it is difficult or expensive to repair, it may be more advantageous and economical to just replace the water heater.
If your water heater consistently runs out of hot water, it may be that your hot water tank capacity is not large enough for your needs. Take into consideration the time of hot water usage, and when it is in high demand. These are things to take into consideration when upgrading to a larger water heater. In this case, replacement will also be the only option for a water heater that meets your needs.
Your Water Heater Is Leaking
If water is leaking out of your tank style water heater, it’s usually not possible to repair the issue. However, there are some diagnostics that can help you establish where the leak is coming from to determine if it can be repaired. First, check the hoses and connections around the water heater tank to establish whether any of these are leaking. You can also check if any outlets or valves are open. If it seems like the leak is coming from the tank itself, your water heater will most likely need to be replaced. Turn off your water and power supply and call your local plumber and have them do an inspection. Your plumber can safely replace the water heater if necessary.
Taking a proactive approach and having proper maintenance on your plumbing can help you avoid serious complications and plumbing emergencies. Keep an eye on the age of your water heater, and contact your plumber Magnificent Plumbing if you suspect your water heater might be due for maintenance or a replacement.