If there’s any appliance that’s taken for granted in the average American home, we’re going to go ahead and say it’s the water heater. Without this system, you wouldn’t be able to begin your day with a hot shower, wash your clothing, or effectively clean and sanitize your dishes. A reliable source of hot water is essential to your modern quality of life!
Of course, no water heater lasts forever. When it comes time to replace or upgrade yours, we’ll help you find the best one for your specific needs. Homeowners often assume that if they have a tank water heater, their only option is to replace it with another tank water heater—but tankless is an option too! Regardless of which system you choose to upgrade to, it’s important to know the signs that you’re ready for a water heater upgrade—in other words, the signs that your current water heater is about to fail.
Sign #1: Old Age
Water heaters are designed to last about 8-10 years, with tankless systems lasting even longer. This is dependent on how well it is maintained, as well. If your water heater is in this age range—even if you aren’t experiencing any problems currently—now is a good time to start considering an upgrade.
If your water heater isn’t quite this old yet but you’ve never had it maintained, it’s time to call our team for an inspection! Your system could be suffering from issues such as scaling from hard water, corrosion, and even rusting.
Sign #2: Insufficient Hot Water
Does your shower keep running out of hot water? It may be time to replace your water heater. A lack of hot water can be caused by a couple of different things. First off, it could be that sediment has built up on the heat exchangers due to hard water, and is preventing this component from doing its job. Fortunately, this is something that can sometimes be resolved.
Another possibility, however, is that you’ve increased the hot water demand in your home, and your water heater can no longer keep up. Water heater tanks come in different sizes and capacities, and it may be that you need to upgrade to a bigger one. Tankless water heaters work “on-demand,” but even they can be overwhelmed if too many taps in your home are demanding hot water at once.
Sign #3: Odd Noises
Do you hear strange sounds coming from inside your tank or tankless water heater? Homeowners have reported hearing banging or rumbling coming from their water heaters. This could be caused by sediment buildup banging around the system.
Sign #4: Discolored Water
Does your hot water seem rusty? This is a sign that your water heater is rusting on the inside. Not only is this unhealthy, but the water heater itself can start leaking soon. Unfortunately, once a water heater has reached this point, there is no repair job that will get it back on track. A replacement will be necessary.
Replacing your water heater doesn’t have to be a headache. In fact, it could end up saving you considerably by improving the efficiency of your hot water use.