Signs A Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced

Water heaters are designed to last a certain number of years before being replaced. How long they last depends on the model you have, but you can determine if you’re approaching replacement time by paying attention to a few signs.

The first sign that it’s time for you to replace your water heater is if it simply isn’t heating the water. If it seems like your water isn’t as hot as it used to be, or that it takes a long time for your water to get hot, it might be time to buy a new water heater. Before going out and purchasing a new one, you can check your tank’s temperature settings and make sure they haven’t changed. If they’re set at the normal setting, and you feel like your water isn’t as hot as it should be, it’s probably time to buy a new water heater.

The second sign is a leaking tank. If you see dripping or standing water around your tank, there might be a serious problem. You may be able to fix smaller leaks or drips, but these are typically just temporary fixes and they will eventually come back. Ignoring a leak or drip means it has time to grow into a much larger problem, and you could end up with a flooded floor.

Finally, the last sign isn’t something you can actually see. A water heater’s age plays a large part into how soon you should replace it. Newer water heaters are much more energy efficient than older models, which means an older model could be costing you a large amount of money just to run. In addition, older water heaters are much more likely to have the other problems, such as leaks and drips.

The general rule is you should replace your water heater every ten years, even if nothing seems wrong with your current model. The energy savings of newer models, combined with the risk of leaks and other things going wrong, is enough to warrant a replacement. If you’re having problems with your water heater, or think it’s time for yours to be replaced, call Dauenhauer any hour. We’ll be right out to help diagnose and fix the problem.