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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

  • Alma 

Water heaters supply hot water at home, but when they stop working, a new one can be quite pricey. The question is, can you get away with a repair, or is it time to replace your water heater? What are the telltale signs of it not performing well or possibly failing? Furthermore, what advantages do you gain by upgrading to a more advanced model? In this blog post, we’ll address these queries. Suggest choosing the ideal water heater for your home and maintaining it effectively. Keep reading to learn more.

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Signs your water heater needs to be replaced

If you are reading this, you might wonder if it is time to replace your water heater. Well, here are the signs that your water heater is approaching the end of its life and may require a replacement. Here are some of the things to look for.

The Age

The average lifespan of a conventional water heater is about 10 to 15 years. Factors such as, water quality, usage, and maintenance determine how long yours will last. If your water heater is older than its expected lifespan, it may be time to replace it with a new one, as it may be prone to leaks, corrosion, and inefficiency.

Rusty Water

If you notice rust-colored water coming out of your faucets or showerheads, it may be a sign that your water heater is rusting. Which means it may need to be replaced. This happens when the metal tank or the anode rod starts to corrode. Side Note – Rusty water could also indicate that your pipes are corroding. If you see a rust color while both the hot and cold water faucets are on, it might be the pipes instead of the water heater. Rusty water can affect water quality, taste, smell, and stain fixtures and clothes. It can also lead to leaks and cracks in your plumbing systems, which can cause water damage and flooding in your home.

Inconsistent Hot Water

One clear indication that your water heater needs replacement is if it fails to provide a consistent hot water supply. Repairable reasons may be a broken thermostat or a damaged heating element. However, you’ll want a replacement if your tank leaks.

*Side Note: If your water heater is too small for the demands of your household, you’ll also get inconsistent hot water. It may quickly run out of water, struggle to keep up during peak usage, and it takes a long time to heat up. It may be a good idea to consider adding a second unit or replacing it entirely with a larger unit.

High Energy Bill

If you notice a spike in your energy bill, it could indicate that your water heater is becoming less efficient. This decrease in efficiency can be caused by factors such as age, wear and tear, or damage. It could also just be the season as other things such as changes in weather could also be the culprit. 

Rusty Water

If you notice rust-colored water coming out of your faucets or showerheads, it may be a sign that your water heater is rusting. Which means it may need to be replaced. This happens when the metal tank or the anode rod starts to corrode. Side Note – Rusty water could also indicate that your pipes are corroding. If you see a rust color while both the hot and cold water faucets are on, it might be the pipes instead of the water heater. Rusty water can affect water quality, taste, smell, and stain fixtures and clothes. It can also lead to leaks and cracks in your plumbing systems, which can cause water damage and flooding in your home.

Noisy

Another sign of a malfunctioning water heater is if it produces unusual sounds, such as banging, popping, cracking, or hissing. These noises can occur due to the accumulation of sediment and minerals inside the tank. This build-up can decrease the efficiency. Moreover, it may cause damage to the heating elements and the tank itself. This leads to overheating and leaks. It is advisable to consult a plumber and don’t attempt to flush and drain your water heater tank as this risky and possibly cause additional damage to the system. However, if the noises persist despite taking these measures, it may indicate that your water heater is beyond repair.

Inconsistent Hot Water

One clear indication that your water heater needs replacement is if it fails to provide a consistent supply of hot water. Repairable reasons may be a broken thermostat or a damaged heating element. However, you’ll want to get a replacement if your tank is leaking.

*Side Note, If your water heater is too small for the demands of your household, you’ll also get inconsistent hot water. it may quickly run out of water, struggle to keep up during peak usage, and it takes a long time to heat up. It may be a good idea to consider adding a second unit or replacing it entirely with a larger unit.

 High Energy Bill

If you notice a spike in your energy bill, it could indicate that your water heater is becoming less efficient. This decrease in efficiency can be caused by factors such as age, wear and tear, or damage. It could also just be the season as other things such as changes in weather could also be the culprit. 

Benefits of Replacing Your Water Heater

At first, the idea of replacing your water heater might seem like a big expense and inconvenience. However, upgrading your water heater offers benefits such as energy efficiency, a supply of hot water, better performance, and the potential for cost savings. By investing in a water heater, you can experience comfort, convenience, and peace of mind.

Performance

A new water heater means delivering improved efficiency and consistent heating. Enjoy elevated comfort and convenience in your daily activities, be it showering, washing dishes, or doing laundry. By upgrading, you can effortlessly avoid the frustrations and inconveniences associated with a faulty or failing water heater.

Safety

A new water heater prevents the risks of leaks, floods, fires, or explosions caused by an old or damaged water heater. You can avoid exposure to harmful contaminants or bacteria that can be present in rusty or dirty water. A new water heater has more advanced features and controls to prevent scalding, overheating, or gas leaks.

Efficiency

A new water heater increases your home’s energy efficiency, as it can use less energy to heat up water. You can choose various types and models of water heaters that suit your needs and preferences, such as tankless, solar, heat pump, or hybrid water heaters. You can also look for water heaters with the Energy Star label, which means they meet the high energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Value

A new water heater increases the value of your home. Making the home more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. A new water heater can also show that you have taken good care of your home and its systems and that you have invested in its improvement and maintenance. A new water heater can also help you pass the home inspection and appraisal and avoid any issues or delays in the selling process.

Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Your Water Heater

Deciding to replace your water heater rather than repairing it is a big decision. When it is beyond repair, ultimately, replacing it is the best decision for your home. Here are tips to assist you in selecting a new water heater for your specific needs. Additionally, we provide essential maintenance tips to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your new appliance.

Choose the Right Size and Type

The size and type of your water heater will depend on your household size, water usage, space availability, budget, and personal preference. You should consider the water heater’s capacity, energy source, efficiency, cost, and installation and maintenance requirements. Our water heater plumbers can help you determine the best option for your household.

Compare the Features and Ratings

Compare both the features and ratings of different water heaters. Look at performance, quality, durability, and warranty. Models that are labeled with an Energy Star indicate that the water heater meets the high standards of energy efficiency. You can also check the reviews and ratings of other customers who have used the water heater and see what they say about their experience and satisfaction.

Hire a Professional Installer

Getting a plumber to handle the installation guarantees it will be done correctly. We can assist you in answering any queries you may have. Moreover, our expertise will help you select the water heater for your family’s needs. Plumber professionals know any permits, codes, and regulations that might apply to your water heater installation, including properly disposing of your old unit. Additionally, they will provide you with all the warranty and service details for your water heater.

Maintain Your Water Heater

It’s important to keep up with maintenance for your water heater. This helps prolong its lifespan, improve efficiency, and prevent problems. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and servicing, and consider hiring a plumber or water heater technician for the tasks. Typical maintenance tasks include replacing the anode rod, inspecting valves and pipes, and adjusting temperature and pressure settings.

Conclusion

 

Upgrading your water heater can be a beneficial decision for your home and family. It offers the advantages of increased hot water supply, improved safety, enhanced efficiency, and added value. Be aware of the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced and act accordingly.

If you live in Utah County and require any assistance with replacing, installing, repairing, or maintaining your water heater, feel free to contact us here at Sunset Plumbing. We are professional plumbers experienced in handling all kinds of water heater issues. We guarantee quality workmanship at fair prices alongside exceptional customer service. Contact us today for an estimate or to schedule an appointment.

Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Your Water Heater

Deciding to replace your water heater rather than repairing it is a big decision. When it is beyond repair, ultimately, replacing it is the best decision for your home. Here are tips to assist you in selecting a new water heater for your specific needs. Additionally, we provide essential maintenance tips to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your new appliance.

Choose the Right Size and Type

The size and type of your water heater will depend on your household size, water usage, space availability, budget, and personal preference. You should consider the water heater’s capacity, energy source, efficiency, cost, and installation and maintenance requirements. Our water heater plumbers can help you determine the best option for your household.

Compare the Features and Ratings

Compare both the features and ratings of different water heaters. Look at performance, quality, durability, and warranty. Models that are labeled with an Energy Star indicate that the water heater meets the high standards of energy efficiency. You can also check the reviews and ratings of other customers who have used the water heater and see what they say about their experience and satisfaction.

Hire a Professional Installer

Getting a plumber to handle the installation guarantees it will be done correctly. We can assist you in answering any queries you may have. Moreover, our expertise will help you select the water heater for your family’s needs. Plumber professionals know any permits, codes, and regulations that might apply to your water heater installation, including properly disposing of your old unit. Additionally, they will provide you with all the warranty and service details for your water heater.

Maintain Your Water Heater

It’s important to keep up with maintenance for your water heater. This helps prolong its lifespan, improve efficiency, and prevent problems. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and servicing, and consider hiring a plumber or water heater technician for the tasks. Typical maintenance tasks include replacing the anode rod, inspecting valves and pipes, and adjusting temperature and pressure settings.

Conclusion

 

Upgrading your water heater can be a beneficial decision for your home and family. It offers the advantages of increased hot water supply, improved safety, enhanced efficiency, and added value. Be aware of the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced and act accordingly.

If you live in Utah County and require any assistance with replacing, installing, repairing, or maintaining your water heater, feel free to contact us here at Sunset Plumbing. We are professional plumbers experienced in handling all kinds of water heater issues. We guarantee quality workmanship at fair prices alongside exceptional customer service. Contact us today for an estimate or to schedule an appointment.

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Alma Bradshaw

About The Author

Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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