Your water heater plays an important role in your house. Without a functioning water heater, your family would not be able to enjoy warm showers. Your dishwasher and washing machine also use hot water from your water heater. It’s nearly impossible to live without a water heater that works well and works consistently.
There is nothing quite as frustrating for homeowners than a water heater issue. While some water heaters do stop working abruptly due to a problem, more often water heaters begin to show signs of wear and tear. If you know what to look for, you can make a more responsible decision to replace your water heater before any catastrophic problems arise. Here are a few signs it is time to replace your water heater.
The first sign of water heater wear and tear is inconsistent water temperatures. Your water should not be scalding hot than lukewarm then cold all in the same shower. Less warm water could also indicate an issue with your water heater, but this can be more difficult for homeowners to notice.
Another sign it could be time to replace your water heater requires you to take a look at it. If you see puddles of water around the base of the water heater, it could indicate cracks or other sources of leaking.
Age is often the biggest indicator of efficiency when it comes to your water heater. Generally speaking, a water heater that is over ten years old should be replaced. If you aren’t quite sure how old your water heater is, you can use the serial number to find out.
Believe it or not, many homeowners notice sounds coming out of their water heater as the first sign of a problem, and not the inconsistent water temperatures. Sediment deposits that harden and crack can cause your water heater to create banging or other strange noises. This is a sure sign it is time for a replacement.
It is wise to replace your water heater prior to any major issues or problems. However, you can begin to save for the investment if you know the signs that your current heater is on its way to failure. Perhaps the easiest way to gauge when it is time to call the team at Elk Grove Sewer and Plumbing for a replacement is the age. We recommend seeking our assistance when your water heater is 8-10 years old.
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