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Time to Call it Quits With That Old Water Heater

Signs Water Heater Repair or Replacement is Needed

It was almost like love at first sight. A homeowner stepped in the shower for the first time. They were enamored by the hot water and how long it lasted. But now, things have cooled down. Once steamy showers have grown cold. It’s official. It’s time to break up…with the water heater.

A water heater is a brief affair when considering a house’s lifespan. Water heaters generally last about 10-15 years and show signs of wear and tear as they age. Nothing lasts forever, so this Valentine’s Day, keep an eye out for these signs that the relationship with the water heater is over. Here, homeowners can learn about warning signs indicating that water heater replacement or repair is needed.

Corrosion on the Water Heater’s Components 

Once corrosion has consumed a water heater, it’s time to consider a replacement. Corrosion of the water heater is more than just unsightly blemishes. It typically means that routine maintenance has been neglected, and the appliance’s anode rod isn’t working anymore. This device attracts minerals and sentiment inside the hot water tank to prevent them from corroding the tank and must be replaced once worn out.

Before noticing the corrosion, homeowners may notice a difference in their water. Corrosion in the water heater can cause the hot water that comes from it to be discolored. It can also cause the tank to deteriorate and start to leak. If a water heater is corroded, a professional plumber can assess the damage and determine whether replacement is needed.

Faster Heat Loss

Many things determine how long the home’s hot water should last before it runs out. For people who own tank-reliant water heaters, how long their hot water lasts depends on the tank’s size. For instance, if a water tank can hold 80 gallons, and a showerhead dispenses water at 2.5 gallons a minute, the hot water would last about 32 minutes.

If hot water runs out quicker than it used to, this could mean that the appliance’s heating element isn’t working correctly or another component is malfunctioning. It could also mean that the water heater is at the end of its lifespan, necessitating a replacement.

Retaining hot water is a big reason many people install tankless water heaters. Rather than relying on a tank and having to keep a tank of water warm, these appliances heat water on demand, delivering warm water at relatively low costs.

Increased Energy Bills 

One of the most common signs that a water heater needs to be replaced is if energy bills are increasing without explanation. This can indicate that the water heater is no longer operating as efficiently as it once did. It may mean that parts have worn out, the unit has become too inefficient due to age or neglected maintenance, or the entire water heater needs replacing to perform optimally. Additionally, if unusual sounds are coming from the water heater, such as rattling or banging, this could also indicate that something is off with the unit.

If homeowners notice these signs, it’s important to contact a professional for an inspection before any damage worsens. A qualified plumbing technician can determine whether repair or replacement is the best option for the water heater, so the home has a safe and efficient water heater.

About Everest Plumbing 

Everest Plumbing provides award-winning service to the Greenville, SC, community and the surrounding areas. They offer straightforward pricing, no-interest financing, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for water heater services in Greenville, SC.

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