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Signs That’s It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Technician servicing an hot-water heater

Your water heater is the 2nd most expensive energy utilizing component in your home (your air conditioner being 1st).  Although some water heater problems can be fixed with relatively little time or money, there are others that end up costing you considerable money and wind up being too much of a hassle. This is when it’s time to replace your water heater. Below are some common problems that should help you assess whether or not you need a brand new water heater. If you need a professional consultation then call Rocket Rooter.

 

Temperature Adjustment

For most families, the ideal temperature for hot water is in the range of 120 and 140 degrees. If there is no hot water being dispersed, you could have a faulty heating element.

 

Noisy Water Heater

You may observe that your water heater is making unnatural noises. Most noise issues are caused by the sediment that collects in the water tank; the debris settles onto the heating element which burns the sediment and makes banging noise. Another cause for hot water heaters making noise is that the heating element is worn out.

 

When is it Time to Replace?

Here are some items you will need to consider as think about whether or not it is time to replace your current hot water heater unit.

  • Energy Efficiency: Water heaters that use large amounts of water will quickly wear down. How much water you actually use largely depends on how many people live in your home.  Another factor to consider is where you. Areas where there is hard water are more likely to cause mineral buildup inside the tank. These minerals can create plumbing blockage and, in turn, will have a negative impact on the water heater. If you have observed this over a long period of time, then it’s probably time to change your unit.
  • How Old is Your Water Heater? The average water heater for most homes generally comes with a 5 to 10 year warranty. Some newer models can last up to 20 years.  If your water heater is older than 10 years, you can expect to start seeing some problems and eventually your current model will reach a point where it is far more expensive to fix it, than to replace it. If your repair expenses are exceeding over half the value of the model, then that is a good indication that a brand new hot water heater is in order.
  • Water Leaks: Water leaking out of the unit is the most difficult of all water heater problems to deal with. There is no easy fix, and it often requires the help of a professional. This is the ideal time to get a professional consultation from a reputable plumbing company. They should be able to give you a comprehensive inspection and tell you why a full replacement is a better investment.

 

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