The water heater is not a luxury but a necessity of modern living. You and your family depend on your hot water system for hot showers, dishwashing, laundry, and cleaning. You can’t imagine starting your day off without a nice hot shower in the morning or a steaming hot shower after a long day.
Like other home appliances, your water heater will start to deteriorate and eventually break down over years. From lack of hot water to leaks, there are some clear signs that your hot water heater is no longer working correctly, indicating a need for replacement. You have to replace the hot water system at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. It’s important to keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs to determine whether it’s time to repair or replace them.
No Hot Water
One of the obvious signs that your heater needs replacement is a drop in the temperature of the hot water. You may notice that with passing years, your heater will have trouble heating up the water or your water takes longer to heat. Even if you’re okay with using lukewarm water over hot water, that will cost you extra money. The longer your water heater takes to heat up your water, the more you will have to pay for your heating bill. If you are getting cold water, it’s probably time to call in a replacement.
Water Leaks or Pooling
A leaking water heater can indicate many problems, ranging from loose valves to a corroded water tank. The majority of water leaks come from the hot water tank itself. If the tank is leaking, there’s an issue that’s causing water to slowly leak out. Take a brief walk around your unit system and check for pooling. Sometimes a leak is significant enough to cause major flooding in the long run.
Rusty water is normally a sign of not working water heater. If rust is showing up in the hot water from the faucets in the sink and bathtub, there’s a chance the issue is with your water heater. The plumbing and water heater are made of metal, so rust buildup is inevitable as they age. Rust is a sign that there’s corrosion. If you turn on the taps and see rusty or discolored hot water, it means the inside of the hot water heater tank is rusting out. The only option you have in this situation is water heater replacement as soon as possible.
If your water heater starts making humming noises, there could be an issue with your plumbing system or a failing part inside the unit. When you hear a sizzling sound from the water heater, it can indicate a leak. This sizzle happens when leaking water drips onto the burner. The popping sound of the water heater could be a sign of sediment buildup. These strange voices indicate that it’s time to get it looked at, or it may mean you need it replaced.
Too Many Repairs
If you want to know when a hot water heater needs to be replaced, keep track of the total amount of times it needs to be repaired in a year. It should not need to be fixed more than twice a year. A sudden repair requires an emergency service call which can be expensive, especially if you make several calls over the course of a single year. Instead of spending more money to make your water heater last longer, replace it with a new one.
Age of Hot Water System
Your water heater has a finite life span which could vary depending on upkeep, design, and operating conditions. If a water heater is older than 15-18 years and costs you more money in repair, it’s usually better to put in a new system. Aging water heaters can start to produce less hot water or leakage issue, both of which can be major inconveniences. If you don’t know the age of your water heater you can visit your water heater manufacturer’s website to ascertain how to interpret your unit’s code and discover its age.
Benefits of Purchasing a New Hot Water System
Whether you are looking to reduce your energy costs and save some money, there are many reasons to buy a new water heater. Purchasing a new water heater is a significant investment in the long run. The good thing about upgrading to a new hot water heater, you can save on your monthly energy bills and continue repairs.
Ready to Replace Your Water Heater?
If your water heater is not working, contact Mates Rates Plumbing today for service. Mates Rates Plumbing has experienced plumbers and technicians who have the training needed to install new hot water heaters that work great and save you money on your monthly energy bills.