5 Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

Plumber repairing an hot-water heater

Your household depends on your water heater to wash dishes, clean clothes, take showers, and more. If you suspect your water heater needs replacing, call our HVAC contractors as soon as possible. We can inspect your water heater to determine whether repairs or replacement is necessary. Continue reading to learn the 5 signs you need water heater replacement.

Water Heater Replacement

1. Constant Plumbing Repairs

Is your budget drained by constant plumbing repairs? If so, it may be time to consider water heater replacement. When you own a home, you have to think about what makes the most financial sense in the long run. Water heater replacement is more affordable in the long run than paying for repairs each month.

The sooner you spot the water heater leaking, the more likely you’ll be able to fix the problem with a simple repair. We recommend you invest in routine water heater maintenance so small issues can be caught and resolved as soon as possible. Otherwise, a leak could spill onto the floor and cause water damage.

2. Old Age

The average lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. Checking the age of your water heater is as easy as checking the manufacturer’s sticker, which is usually located near the top of the unit.

The first three digits of the serial number reveal the month and year the water heater was manufactured. Months are given a designated letter (January = A, February = B, March = C, and so on). The next two digits stand for the year (09 = 2009). Most water heater manufacturers follow this date code, but you can always check with their website for more information.

If your water heater is 10 years old (or older), we highly recommend replacing it as soon as possible before it inconveniences you and your family. A leaking water heater can cause significant water damage to your house, which could cost you more in repairs than if you had just replaced the unit.

3. Little to No Hot Water

No one appreciates being doused in freezing water when taking a shower. As a homeowner, it’s important you take care of your water heater so it’ll last as long as possible.

Any discrepancy between your water heater’s settings and actual performance should be taken seriously. If you’re getting cold water despite constant plumbing repairs, it may be time to invest in a new hot water heater. Our HVAC contractors can help you choose the right water heater for your home.

4. Rusty Water

Many of the water heater leaks we see are caused by rust inside the unit. Once rust compromises the structural integrity of your water heater, you’ll want to call one of our HVAC contractors as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to take a “rust shower” or have rusty water in the washing machine staining your clothes.

5. Banging or Rumbling Noises

Over time, sediment builds up on the bottom of your hot water heater and hardens into what we call “scale.” Fortunately, we’re able to flush out this scale during water heater maintenance so the unit will run as long as possible.

If you neglect water heater maintenance, the scale can trap pockets of water against the wall of the tank. As the temperature rises, this trapped water evaporates causing the empty pockets to “pop.” When this happens, you’ll hear a banging or rumbling sound coming from your hot water heater. Scale makes your water heater work harder to produce the same amount of heat, reducing your home’s energy efficiency.

To help your plumbing last as long as possible, ask about our commitment to water heater maintenance. Through proper maintenance, our HVAC contractors can help prolong the life of your water heater so it’ll last for years to come.

Our Grand Ledge HVAC contractors work hard to help keep your home comfortable year-round by offering a full range of services, including water heater replacement. To request your quote for water heater replacement, call Superior Home Comfort at (517) 925-1343.