Signs It is Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Homeowners have many appliances to take care of and keep updated, and your water heater is an important one! Your water heater is the thing that keeps your showers and baths comfortable, allows you to successfully clean dishes, and run the washing machine. When it begins to deteriorate, it can be a problem. Here are six signs it may be time to replace your water heater!

1. Age of Water Heater

Water heaters have a recommended life span of around 10 years. Even if you notice that your water heater is still operating how it should, it is important to check with your plumber on updating if it has been over a decade. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to experience problems with your water heater that could lead to more expenses.

2. Noises

Your water heater should never make any loud thumps, pops, or other abnormal noises – so if it is, there may be a problem. As your water heater gets older, sediment builds up in your tank and hardens, resulting in strange noises. If this happens, it means your water tank is not working as well as it should, and you might want to consider a replacement.

3. Leaks or Standing Water

As your system ages, you may find standing water around the tank due to fractures and leaks. These leaks can result in damage to your home and costly repairs. Contact Eastern Plumbing for an inspection and guidance on replacing your water heater.

4. Lack of Hot Water

If you find yourself waiting for your water to turn hot and it takes a long time – it may be time to replace your water heater. The older your unit is, the less efficient it runs and the longer it will take for your water to warm up. A functioning water heater should quickly heat up water and maintain the temperature as you use it.

5. Rust or Corrosion

Another sign you may need to replace your water heater is if your water is coming out rusty or brown. Typically, when rust occurs, there will eventually be a leak. Rust occurs over time as water sits in the tank. Discuss rusty water and the next steps with Eastern Plumbing.

6. Constant Repairs and High Bills

Your water heater should only need to be maintained once a year, so if you are constantly paying a plumbing company to repair your water heater, it may be time to replace your system. Spending a ton of money on your bills is another sign. If you’ve noticed an increase in your energy bills, your water heater could be to blame.

Still not sure if it is time to replace your water heater. Contact Eastern Plumbing! We can help you determine if your system is still in good shape, or if you need to look for a new water heater. Whatever the case may be, we can help guide you in the right direction to make the appropriate decision. Give us a call today! 252-758-7579