Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater
- Leaking. An older tank may develop a tiny leak or fracture in the tank. If so, water will seep out during heating. Double-check to ensure that there are no leaks developing from the connections to the tank.
- Age. Most water heaters last up to 10 years. If yours is over a decade old, it may be near the end of its product lifespan. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” rings true here as dealing with water tank failure (i.e. massive leaks) may be much worse than simply replacing it before major problems arise.
- A noisy tank. Over time, your water heater develops a layer of sediment at the bottom of the tank. Due to the heat-and-cooling cycles, the sediment hardens making your water tank less energy-efficient as it requires more energy to heat.
- Rust. If water comes out rusty from the heating side, your tank may have rust on the inside of the tank — a sure-sign that your water heater is about to break down. Rust may also come from galvanized piping. To determine whether rust is coming from your water heater or pipes, drain several buckets of water from the hot water side. After 3 or 4 buckets, if the water is still rusty, it's a good indicator the rust is coming from the water heater (not the pipes) and needs to be replaced.
Consider Going Tankless
If you need to replace your hot water heater, consider installing a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity for the following reasons:
- Easy access to hot water immediately and unlimited supply.
- Smaller and more portable (roughly the size of a suitcase).
- Lasts 10 years longer than traditional hot water tanks.
- Energy savings of up to 25%.
There are pros and cons of going tankless depending on your personal situation. Speak to one of our knowledgeable plumbing specialists to assess your suitability.
Call All City Plumbers at (909) 552-7550 to see how we can help you with water heater repairs and installation.