10 signs you need to replace your water heater
You may not think about it often, but your water heater is a key part of your home. It helps you keep warm during chilly winters and stay cool during hot summers. So what do you do if your water heater starts to fail? Here are ten signs that it’s time to replace your water heater.
1. Your water heater is more than 20 years old.
If your water heater is over 20 years old, it’s time to replace it. While water heaters are designed to last for years, they eventually break down and become less efficient. A new water heater will be more energy-efficient, meaning you’ll save money on your utility bills. It will also be better suited to meet your needs, whether you have a large family or live in a small space. When shopping for a new water heater, read the reviews and compare the prices. You should also consider the warranty and installation costs. With a bit of research, you can find the perfect water heater for your home.
2. You don't have hot water or enough hot water.
If you’re not getting enough hot water from your water heater, or if the water isn’t hot enough, there are several possible causes. The most common problem is that the thermostat is set too low. You can quickly check and adjust the thermostat yourself. If that doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time to give us a call. Another possibility is that the heating element needs to be replaced. This is a more complicated repair, and it’s best to leave it to a professional.
3. Your water heater is leaking or has a lot of rust.
If your water heater is leaking, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible. A leaking water heater can cause extensive damage to your home and will likely lead to a higher water bill. If you have a lot of rust on your water heater, it’s also essential to replace it. Rust can cause the tank to leak and eventually lead to the deterioration of the tank. If you’re unsure whether your water heater needs to be replaced, you can always contact a plumber for an inspection. They’ll be able to tell you if it needs to be replaced and can help you choose the suitable model for your home.
4. Your energy bills have gone up significantly.
If you’ve noticed your energy bills creeping up, it might be time to replace your water heater. Water heaters are one of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home, and an old or inefficient model can waste a lot of money. Fortunately, there are now some highly efficient water heaters on the market that can help you save money on your energy bills. If you’re unsure which model suits you, talk to a plumber or an energy expert. They’ll be able to help you find a water heater that fits your needs and budget.
5. The tank makes strange noises (rumbling, banging, or popping).
If your water heater starts making strange noises, it could signify that it’s time to replace it. Rumbling, banging, or popping noises often indicate that the tank is full of sediment, which can cause the burner to overheat and fail. In some cases, sediment can also block water flow into the tank, leading to a loss of pressure and an increased risk of leaks. If you notice any of these problems, it’s best to call a plumber and have them check your water heater. They may be able to clean out the sediment and prolong the life of your water heater, but in most cases, it’s best to replace the unit simply. With proper maintenance, your new water heater should last for many years.
6. The pilot light keeps going out.
If you have a water heater with a pilot light, you may have noticed that the light keeps going out. There are a few possible reasons, but the most likely culprit is a dirty or faulty gas valve. If the pilot light keeps going out, it’s important to have the gas valve inspected and replaced if necessary. Otherwise, you could be at risk of a gas leak or fire. With new technological advances, water heaters are more energy-efficient than ever, so replacing an aging unit can save you money on your energy bills. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to replace your water heater, consult a plumber or HVAC technician for expert advice.
7. There's water around the base of the tank.
If you notice water around the base of your water heater, it’s time to replace the unit. While a small amount of condensation is average, pools of water can indicate a severe problem. Over time, sediment and minerals can build up in the bottom of the tank, causing it to rust and leak. In addition, the insulation on the bottom of the tank can deteriorate, leading to further leaks. If left unrepaired, a leaking water heater can cause extensive damage to your home.
8. The water from your tap is rusty or has a bad smell to it.
If the water from your tap is rusty or has a bad smell, it may be time to replace your water heater. Over time, water heaters can rust, especially if they are not made of rust-resistant materials. This can cause the water to become contaminated and lead to health problems. If you notice that your water heater is starting to rust, it’s essential to have it replaced as soon as possible. A professional plumber can help you select the suitable model for your home and install it correctly. With a new water heater, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, clean water from your tap once again.
9. Your shower changes temperature unexpectedly.
If you’re showering and the water temperature unexpectedly changes, it’s likely an issue with your water heater. In most cases, the cause is a broken dip Tube. The dip Tube is a plastic piece that goes down the middle of your water heater tank. Its purpose is to bring cold water to the bottom of the tank, where it can be heated. However, if the dip tube breaks, cold water can mix with the hot water at the top of the tank. This will result in inconsistent water temperatures, especially when you first turn on your shower. Fortunately, replacing a broken dip Tube is a relatively easy and inexpensive repair. If you’re experiencing inconsistent water temperatures, contact a qualified technician to have your water heater checked out.
10. You see tiny bubbles in your glass of hot water.
If you see tiny bubbles in your glass of hot water, it’s a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. Over time, sediment and minerals can build up in your water heater, causing it to become less efficient and eventually fail. When this happens, water can enter the tank and cause the formation of bubbles. In addition to being unsightly, these bubbles can also disrupt your plumbing system. If you notice tiny bubbles in your hot water, it’s best to replace your water heater as soon as possible. Doing so will help to prevent further damage to your plumbing and keep your hot water flowing smoothly.
If you see any of the above signs, it’s time to replace your water heater. Hoffman Heating and Cooling can help you select the suitable model for your home and install it correctly. With a new water heater, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, clean water from your tap once again. Schedule a consultation today to get started.