Water heaters are often units that homeowners easily forget about until something goes wrong. Hot water is used daily in households for showers, laundry, washing dishes, and so much more, so water heater issues are a major inconvenience.
Some of these issues require repair, but some may indicate that it is time to replace your water heater. All good things must come to an end, right?
Here are four signs that it is time to give your water heater the boot and contact the professionals to schedule a replacement appointment.
Lack of Hot Water
This warning sign is a no-brainer and clearly indicates that it may be time for a replacement. You may also notice that your hot water only lasts briefly in your household. For example, everyone in your home used to be able to shower in the morning without running out of hot water, but now, only a few of you can shower before the water runs lukewarm or ice cold.
Dirty or Rusty Water
Taking a hot, refreshing shower after a long day at work sounds like a dream come true. However, that dream can quickly become a nightmare when you notice the water is brown or rusty. Rust is a telltale sign that your water pipes and tank are corroding on the inside. Remember that rust or dirty water only sometimes means you need a brand-new water heater.
To be sure, consult a professional plumbing company that will send a technician to see if a new heater is recommended.
Hot Water Tank is Leaking
Any water leak in your home is probably not a good sign, and your water heater is no different. Leaks develop over the years due to your water heater repeatedly heating and cooling. If you notice water pooling around the base of your heater, your unit may be at the end of its road. The first thing you need to do is turn off the water heater and call a professional plumber to come out and stop the leak from getting any worse.
Your Water Heater is Old
Tankless water heaters typically have a lifespan of 20 years or more, and traditional water heaters can last around 10 to 15 years before it begins to decline in efficiency. If your water heater is getting up in age, you may be looking at getting a replacement soon.
Do You Need to Replace Your Water Heater?
If you have recognized these warning signs in your home, call a professional to take a look at your water heater. At Standard Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in Birmingham, Alabama, we will take the time to assess your unit and discuss your options properly. Give us a call at (205) 386-4001 or schedule your appointment online.