Your home’s water heater is not designed to last forever. Despite the advances to water heater technology, today’s top systems do have a finite lifespan. For most water heaters, the lifespan tops out around 10 years. Once you hit that mark, you’ll start to notice decreased efficiency and constant symptoms, including odd noises or plumbing leaks. To avoid long-term trouble, you need to know the tell-tale signs of a broken water heater. Once you start to notice such signs, it is time to schedule a replacement. Trust in a professional plumber for water heater replacement!
Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement
For the most part, your water heater works without so much as an odd rumbling sound. But then when something goes wrong, it hits fast and hard. Everything seems to happen all at once. Watch for these five signs to schedule prompt water heater replacement:
- Age – Traditional water heaters are designed to last around 10 years. You may be able to squeeze one or two more years out of the system with professional maintenance and thorough cleaning. However, around the 10-year mark, you’ll start to notice an increased need for repairs, more water leaks, and gurgling noises.
- Noises – Speaking of noises, as a water heater ages, it will begin making odd sounds. Over its lifespan, a water heater will accumulate sediment at the bottom of the tank. Too much sediment leads to banging or rumbling sounds as the heating element interacts with the sediment buildup.
- Rusty Water – If you notice rusty or muddy water coming from the hot water heater, chances are the interior of the water heater tank is beginning to corrode and rust away. Unfortunately, there is no repair for this issue. At this point, the entire system must be replaced. Otherwise, you risk illness from rusty water.
- Lack of Water – Over time, you may find yourself fighting to receive any hot water whatsoever. As a water heater ages, the sediment building up in the bottom of the tank takes up more space. Then, as you turn on the faucet for hot water, the system is fighting to supply enough to the entire house. That, or your water heater is not sized properly for your home. Either way, a replacement is within the near future.
- Leaks – Finally, we have one of the most common signs of a dying hot water heater: leaks. A leaking water heater cannot be fixed easily. If you notice a leak or standing water around the tank, take action – have it replaced immediately by an expert. Also, check for signs of leaking around the fittings or connections before installing a new water heater. You don’t want to endure further leaks on a new system because of a loose or faulty connection.
If the time has come for a brand-new water heater, trust in the experts backed by many positive reviews to handle your water heater replacement. Contact Whitten Plumbing by calling 501-607-6596. As the leading experts in water heater installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement, we look forward to hearing from you!