Happy or Sad, it’s a fact. If you live in your home long enough, you will most likely have to replace your water heater. This is especially true the longer you remain in your home. While you may be reluctant to replace your water heater, there’s something you must think about. Without a water heater, you will eventually run out of hot water. This may not seem important at first. However, think about how many times you use hot water during the day. Researchers estimate the average American uses warm or hot water up to 20 times per day. Multiply that by the number of family members you have living in your house. You can see why your water heater is so important.
Do you know the signs? Here are some warning signs to let you know your water heater is going out.
One reason you may be thinking about replacing your water heater is its size. While your water heater hasn’t grown, your family may have. When you bought the house, there may have been only two people living under the roof. Now, you have three kids, and five people are using hot water every day. Your tank may not be big enough to heat the amount of water you need. You’ll know this is the case if no one is getting enough hot water in the morning or at night. We can replace your water heater with a model big enough to meet the demands of your growing family.
How Long Does A Gas Water Heater Last? My Water Heater May Be Too Old?
When a water heater is new, it works perfectly. However, when gas or electric water heaters get too old, they start to show symptoms of decline. There may even be signs your water heater is going to explode. Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, the average life span of the water heater is between eight and 10 years. You may be asking, “Should I replace my water heater before it fails?” The answer is yes, especially if your water heater is more than 10 years old. This is true even if it is still working properly.
The Water Heater Pump Is Failing
You may start to hear noises, notice rusting around the tank itself or find that the water coming into your house is muddy, rusty and discolored. You might also check to see if your inlet valve is rusty. The water most likely is not heating properly. All these are signs your water pump is bad. And what does that mean? It’s time to get a new water heater.
As the water heater pump starts to fail noise may be evident. The noise can occur when you are trying to get hot water for a bath or shower. Over time, that noise will get louder and louder.
Have you noticed a pool of water appearing underneath your tank? Besides being dangerous, this is a sure sign your water heater needs replacing.
Cold Water or No Water At All
Have you turned on the hot water tap, and the water is cold or there is no water coming out? This is also an indication of a problem. These are all signs you should get a new water heater. Your heater just isn’t able to perform anymore. The good news is there are great water heaters on the market that will heat your water beautifully and efficiently.