Common signs your water heater needs replacing include running out of hot water and odd noises. Here are 6 more.
Your water heater is an appliance you likely never think about — until you have to. A hot water heater can handle a variety of tasks, from sanitizing a load of towels to washing up the dinner dishes to sponsoring that warm bath you’ve been looking forward to. An efficient water heater can handle all of these tasks with no problem. But if these simple chores or daily pleasures become challenging as a result of your unit acting up, it’s a sign your water heater needs replacing.
Many homeowners wait to replace their water heater until it breaks down. This will cause a huge disruption to how you live, work, and play in your home. In an era where we’re all spending more time in our houses to stay safe and healthy, this is an obvious imposition. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few undeniable warning signs your water heater needs to be replaced. Keep your eyes and ears alert. Is it time you call your local plumber to schedule a consultation?
The Water Takes A Long Time To Heat Up
This could be a sign that your water heater is on the fritz OR just a sign that you need an upgrade. Broken units will take a long time to properly heat water. But a low-efficiency or too-small-for-the-space hot water heater will also underperform. What type of water heater do you have? If you have a small tankless water heater but your household uses a large quantity of hot water throughout the day, you may still want to consider replacing your unit.
The Water Never Gets As Hot As You Want
We all have different preferences for water temperature when it comes to bathing and showering. But if your water never sufficiently heats up to do the job or feel pleasant, this is definitely an indication that you’re in need of an upgrade. You should be able to set your desired “max range” temperature, and if what comes out of the tap does not match with your settings, call your plumber.
You Run Out Of Hot Water
As with the issue of water not heating fast enough, this could simply mean you need a bigger or more efficient unit. But if you’re happy with the size and capacity of your current water heater and you’re still running out of hot water midway through the task or activity, it’s probable that you need to replace or repair your unit.
The Water Heater Is Leaking
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Call your local plumber today to schedule a water heater replacement. Leaking water heaters are a sign of built-up pressure, which can result in an explosion at worse, or a kicked unit at best. If things seem off, take a trip to your water heater. Is there leakage around the unit? Is water pooling on the floor? Keep your safety in sight and update the unit ASAP.
Water From Your Faucets Is Rusty
There are a few potential reasons why your water is rusty. If you have determined that the issue is not a result of rusty or outdated municipal systems, the problem could be in your home. Rusty water could come from your pipes or a malfunctioning or corroded hot water heater. Either way, you’ll need to replace part of the system with the help of a certified professional.
Your Water Heater Makes Weird Noises
A knocking or clattering sound in your water heater is not normal. So why is your water heater making noise? This could be the result of sediment buildup in the unit. The sound you’re hearing is the sediment bumping around the unit, and is a sign of an inefficient system in need of an upgrade (or at the very least, maintenance and repair).
The Unit Is Over 10 Years Old
Age is not a surefire sign that your water heater is about to fail, but it is a relatively reliable indication. Some newer models of water heaters can last for up to 20 years, but if yours is older than your favorite pair of acid wash jeans, its time is likely near.
Your Energy Bills Are Creeping Up
It’s normal to use more hot water in the winter. Chilly nights call for hot baths. If you’re spending more time at home than usual (as in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic), you will likely see an increase in your energy usage. But if your monthly energy bills are skyrocketing for no apparent reason, this could be indicative of an inefficient water heater on its last legs. Get to the bottom of things with your local service techs to troubleshoot the issue — and make a game plan.
Nobody (not even plumbing professionals) likes to hear that their hot water heater is on the fritz. But trust us on this one: You will be much happier to have dealt with the problem before it reaches crisis stage. If you notice any of these 8 signs of trouble, it’s likely that your water heater needs replacing… sooner rather than later. Call your local plumber to talk about your options and avoid dealing with a hot water heater crisis.
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