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When to Breakup With an Old Water Heater
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Signs it is Time for a New Water Heater
Water heaters are essential pieces of equipment in most households. Without a hot water heater, households won't be able to take hot showers, wash dishes, or have comfortable temperatures for washing clothes. Unfortunately, these machines do not last forever – eventually, they will need to be replaced, generally around every 10 years or so.
If the water heater is over 10 years old or homeowners notice the following signs, then it may be time to purchase a new one. This blog post will discuss signs which indicate it's time to replace an old water heater before further damage is done.
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Depending on the make and model, most water heaters last around 10 years, and the possibility of corrosion becomes significantly higher as it ages. Corrosion occurs when there is a chemical reaction. In a hot water tank, this typically means rust. In addition to causing a funny taste and color, corrosion can also lead to leaks and metal breakage if it's not taken care of immediately.
Water heaters can corrode for different reasons. One reason is neglecting routine maintenance. During maintenance, the hot water tank gets flushed, and the anode rod may need to be replaced. Both of these tasks help prevent corrosion in the water heater. Once a water heater has corroded, reversing the damage is almost impossible.
The water heater should be replaced once corrosion begins to avoid cracks and structural issues and to ensure water is clean and safe for the household. Replacing a water heater may also save homeowners money on future repairs and utility bills.
Lukewarm or Not Enough Hot Water
Not enough hot water is a clear sign the water heater is not operating at full capacity. This is usually noticed in the shower, but the hot water supply may also run out while someone is cooking or washing their hands. If hot water runs out after five or ten minutes, this can be a warning sign of something wrong with the water heater.
Lukewarm showers are another indication of damage. If hot water runs out quicker than it used to or doesn't get hot enough, this can be a sign that it's time for a new water heater. It may also be a sign of sediment buildup from neglected maintenance, which can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of the unit. Most water heaters should last between 8-12 years, so if it is in this age range and has issues, then it may be a sign that a new one is needed.
High Energy Bills
Rising energy bills can indicate that a water heater is not running efficiently. This could be due to a number of factors, such as sediment buildup, worn-out parts, or a malfunctioning thermostat. All of these issues reduce the energy efficiency of the water heater, forcing it to work harder than it needs to and driving up energy bills. If homeowners notice a spike in energy costs, it could be an indication that the water heater needs to be replaced.
If homeowners experience any of the common signs of a failing water heater, including additional ones such as strange noises, odors, or leaks, it is important to contact a professional immediately. A licensed plumber can inspect the water heater and determine if a replacement is necessary. Homeowners should get ahead of any potential issues by having the appliance inspected before the damage worsens.
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