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Time To Put That Water Heater Out To Pasture

When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

It’s almost impossible to live in a modern home without a working water heater, particularly in winter, when a cold shower might just turn one into a popsicle. While it’s great to keep this special unit maintained, there will come a time when no repair can save it.

That’s why homeowners need to prepare for the day that they need to replace their water heater. They need to know the signs of an imminent breakdown and what actions they can take to make the process as smooth as possible.

The Water Heater Age of Retirement

The most prominent reason for water heater replacement is the simple passage of time. Like anything else, a water heater unit will eventually get too old to function correctly. The average water heater will last 10 to 20 years, leaving a good space of time when homeowners need to watch out for some warning signs.

An easy sign is the presence of unusual noises whenever the water heater is in use. Whether it’s screeching, knocking, or loud thumping sounds, a water heater shouldn’t make much excess noise. This could point to sediment buildup that can be resolved with routine flushing, but it could also point to an aging tank.

Of course, another easy sign is the lack of hot water. As a water heater ages, it starts struggling to fulfill its purpose as it once did. Routine maintenance can keep the unit working longer, but it can only hold off the end for so long.

Water Shouldn’t Get Rusty

Rust in the water is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong. Unlike sediment buildup, which can come from hard water minerals settling in the water heater tank, rust comes from corrosion in the tank itself.

Homeowners should avoid using this water in any way upon noticing it—whether to drink or bathe. Instead, they should immediately call a professional plumber and request a replacement.

An Aging Water Heater Is Prone To Leaks

While an aging water heater does cause all sorts of problems, one of the worst is consistent leaking. If not taken care of, leaking could lead to damaged or discolored floors and walls, higher water bills, or mold and mildew growth.

Leaks aren’t something that homeowners should handle on their own. Trying to fix one without proper training can create even more problems, not only for the property but for the homeowner’s health. If one isn’t careful, they could get burned or electrocuted in the process. Better to call a pro who can handle these issues quickly and safely.

About Everest Plumbing

The technicians at Everest Plumbing have taken it upon themselves to serve all their neighbors in Greenville, SC, with their expert plumbing services. Their service is covered by a 100% satisfaction guarantee so that customers can rest easy in good hands. Call them now for quality water heater replacement services!

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