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9 Signals To Know It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

When your water heater doesn’t operate as it should, your quality of life takes a serious hit.

When to replace your water heater

Typically, hot water heaters will last about 10 years. After a while, they start to lose their efficiency and become more prone to failure. Most people unfortunately wait until their water heater has catastrophically failed before shopping around for a replacement water heater.

Signs you may want to consider a new water heater include:

  • 1. The System Age: How long has the water heater been in your home? According to most water heater manufacturers, the average residential water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years. If you purchased your home new, it’s easy to determine the time to replace your water heater. When you buy an older home, it’s best that you get a licensed plumber like Plumb Pro+ to examine the appliance to determine its age and condition.
  • 2. Loss of Hot Water: Are lukewarm showers the norm now? One evening you’re able to take a nice hot shower, but the next morning your shower water doesn’t get hot. This is a sign that your water heater has possibly died. It also indicates that your tank’s heating element may have burned out.
  • 3. Rising Heating Bills: Hot water accounts for as much as 25% of your home’s energy use. As the unit gets older and less efficient, it gets much more expensive to operate.
  • 4. Strange Noises: If you hear a rumbling or strange noise from the tank, inspect for small leaks.
  • 5. Rust-colored Water: This could indicate corrosion inside the water heater.
  • 6. Too Many Repairs: If you are calling for repairs on the water heater more than twice a year, that’s too often. Rather than to continue to throw money at a water heater that is on its way to failure, arrange for a new installation.
  • 7. Water Pooling Around the Water Heater Base: Behind the exterior case of your water heater lies a steel tank that’s surrounded by insulation. Even with regular maintenance, the tank will eventually erode. Standing water around the base indicates a possible leak. When this happens, you’ll need to replace your water heater promptly to avoid water damage to your home.

    Please note that not all puddles are caused by eroded and leaking water heater tanks. Condensation is one reason why small pools of water collect around your water heater one day and disappear the next day. For peace of mind, call an experienced technician to check out your appliance.

  • 8. Water Has A Metallic Smell or Taste: When your tap water has a metallic smell and taste, it’s likely that your metal water heater tank is starting to corrode. This normally happens to older water heaters. However, certain chemicals or sediment in your tap water can cause premature wear and tear on your home’s water heater.
  • 9. Rusty Water In The Sink: Everyone has seen those older homes that have rust stains on their bathroom sinks. These stains are often caused by rusty water heater tanks. Rust and corrosion go hand in hand with leaks. Replacing a rusty water heater is the best way to maintain your home’s water quality and avoid damaging leaks later. 

Tankless Water Heaters

One solution for saving energy (and money) on hot water is to install a tankless water heater. Because tankless water heaters don’t store heated water, they use less energy and save you money on your utility bills. Plus, they save space, eliminate the risk of water damage due to a leaking water storage tank, and last up to twice as long as a conventional water heater.

For a limited time, Plumb Pro is running a Navien Tankless Hot Water Heater promotion for a 1-3 bedroom home for only $3,995, and qualified buyers can finance for 18 months at 0% interest. We will buy back your old water heater for $500. Call our Charleston office for details.

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