With home heating season on the way, it’s time to think about the health of your water heater. The actions you take now can prevent you from getting stuck in a jam in the thick of winter. If your unit is aging, learn how to detect when a water heater upgrade might be needed.
When to Invest in a New Water Heater
Whether you choose to go tankless or not, replacing a water heater is a big job. So before getting started, check to see if your unit is exhibiting any or all of these five common problems.
1) Your Unit is More than 10 Years Old
No matter which brand you have, all tank water heaters have a limited lifespan. If your unit is between six and 12 years of age, it’s wise to start making a plan for replacing it. Since every model is different, refer to your warranty to determine the most accurate timeline for your unit.
2) Rising Utility Bills
Your water heater’s days may be dwindling if your utility bills are rising, but your usage has remained static. This could mean that your unit is using extra energy to produce the same amount of hot water. In many cases, a water heater upgrade is a more efficient solution to a problem that may only get worse over time.
3) Your Water Heater is Leaking
Moisture or puddles around the base of your unit is a sign your water heater needs immediate attention. Leaks are often caused by a buildup of pressure inside the tank. Your unit’s water pressure or temperature may be too high, or the relief valve might not be working properly.
4) It’s Making Noises
Sometimes, aging water heaters begin making noises, like knocking, rumbling, or gurgling. These sounds are an indication of a sediment buildup inside the unit. As sediment hardens, it tends to move around the tank creating loud noises.
5) Water Issues
An aging unit can also affect the water quality in your home. If you are experiencing any of the following three issues, your home may be well overdue for a water heater upgrade.
Water that is rust-colored or has a metallic odor is problematic because it could mean the tank itself is starting to rust.
Cloudy water is another signal that your water heater has developed a sediment buildup.
If you are suddenly unable to take a hot shower, the heating element in your unit may be to blame.
Considering a Water Heater Upgrade?
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