Is It Time To Replace Your Water Heater?
Posted: January 18, 2021
5 Warning Signs To Watch For
Your water heater is a quiet workhorse—an appliance that goes about its business in the background, pumping out hot water for your taps and appliances day after day, year after year.
Until it doesn’t.
The good news is that your water heater will usually show you that a problem is coming before the worst happens (“the worst” being a water heater tank failure, which can cause an average of $4K in damages to your home).
How To Know When You Need A New Water Heater
Here are some water heater warning signs to look out for in the coming months.
- Unusually higher energy bills — If your energy bills are getting higher even though fuel prices haven’t changed, your water heater could be to blame. Efficiency loss is one sign your water heater is on the way out—keep an eye on those bills!
- Leaks — A puddle under your tank or rusty water coming from it are often signs that your water heater is corroding on the inside—a common problem with steel water tanks, especially if they aren’t properly maintained. If you see leaks at your tank—especially if your tank is nearing or has passed its 10-year mark—contact us ASAP. We’ll help find you the perfect solution, no matter if it’s a repair—or outright replacement.
- New signs of hard water — “Hard” water is water that contains a high concentration of minerals. Those minerals are most likely coming from your water supply, but they could also be coming from a lime build-up in your tank. If you begin to see new signs of hard water, such as white stains on your silverware and glassware, contact us for water heater repair.
- Unusual noises — Odd sounds coming from your storage tank usually indicate a build-up of sediment. A problem that could eventually wreck your water heater over time if it isn’t addressed. Aim to flush your tank at least once or twice a year – here’s how to do exactly that.
- Age — A storage water heater (one with a tank) will last about 10 years on average, assuming it is properly maintained by a professional; once you pass the decade mark, investing in a replacement water heater usually makes more sense than paying for a water heater repair.
Water Heater Installations In Greene County, NC
If you’re experiencing these or any other problems, it could be time to replace your water heater. Our water heater experts will help you choose a model that’s the right fit for your space, use, and budget, then install it quickly and correctly so you can get back to your hot showers and dry basement. We offer storage-type and Rinnai tankless water heater models in a range of sizes—contact us to learn more!
In the market for a new water heater? We’ve got the energy-efficient, low-cost water heater options you need. Contact Rand Wade today for a FREE, no obligation estimates on water heater installations in-and-around Greene County, NC!