How does one know when is the right time to replace your water heater? You would have probably had the same heating system working ever since you’ve moved to your current home. A water heater that needs regular maintenance and prompt repairs are the ones that need to be replaced. All good things must come to an end, and thus, it may be time for you to replace the water heater when it is no longer doing the job it is supposed to do. There are signs to watch out for that will help you identifying when the water heater in your home needs to be replaced.

Age of the Water Heater

How long have you been using the same old water heater? Most systems last from 15 to 20 years but if it is older than 20 years, it is smarter to replace the water heater as it is no longer functioning the way it should.

Increase in the Heating Bills

Water heater accounts for most of the heating energy used in your homes. If it starts working inefficiently because of the decline in age, then it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional or get it replaced, if it is a more cost-effective method.

Reddish Discolouration of the Water

Once you start seeing a reddish tint to the hot water when you turn the tap on, it simply means the inside of the tank has begun rusting out and thus, finding a solution to it as soon as possible is imperative.

It Needs Too Many Repairs

The best way to understand if the water heater needs to be replaced or not is to keep track of all the repairs you‘ve made in the past year. It should not need a repair or fix more than twice a year. Instead of spending money on repeatedly repairing it, should consider replacing the water heater.

Loss in Hot Water Volume

Losing the hot water volume of warm water is another clear indication of getting your water heater repaired or worst-case scenario, replaced. Is everybody in the house trying to adjust to the lukewarm or cold water because of the loss in hot water volume? Reconsider your water heater.

Signs of Wear on the System

A common sign of trouble is when you notice the water heater system has started to give up. Look for the following symptoms to understand your water system.

– Leaks

If your water heater system is leaking, consider replacing it immediately. Leaks are the result of pressure that is buildup inside the tank. Signs of leaks include puddles or moisture around the water heater’s base and corrosion on the tank.

– Knocking Noises

Loud noises are a sign of sediment buildup. As the sediments harden, it moves around the tank causes rumbling, knocking and some gurgling like sounds. This means you should consider replacing your old water heater immediately.

Tired of the precaution game with your water heater? Or still unsure if your system needs to be changed or repaired, contact us at Capital Plumbing and our in-house experts will immediately get in touch with you and will suggest nothing but the best solution!