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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement




Knowing the signs of a failing heater is important to prevent sudden breakdowns and water damage. Let's delve deeper into the key indicators that it's time to invest in a new water heater.

1. Age:

Water heaters typically last between 10 to 15 years. If your unit is approaching or surpassing this age range, it's wise to consider a replacement, even if it seems to be working fine. Aging water heaters are more likely to leak, have low water pressure, and have water heater inefficiency problems, which can cause inconvenience and damage.

2. Rusty or Discolored Water:

Rusty or discolored water from faucets may mean the heater tank has internal corrosion. Water heater corrosion compromises water quality and indicates that the tank is deteriorating. A rusty heater is a clear signal that it's time for a replacement.

3. Strange Noises:

Unusual noises, such as popping or banging, emanating from your heater can be a sign of sediment buildup. When dirt builds up in the tank, it makes the heating element get too hot and make noise. If flushing the tank doesn't resolve the issue, it's an indication that the unit may need replacing.

4. Leaks and Moisture Around the Tank:

If you notice visible leaks or moisture around the base of the electric water heater, it indicates that the tank may have been compromised. Even small water heater leaks can lead to significant water damage over time. If you see any leaks, it's important to act quickly and think about getting a new water heater.

5. Inconsistent Heating:

A decline in its ability to provide consistent hot water is a clear sign of a problem. Whether it's a malfunctioning heating element or other internal issues, persistent heating problems indicate that the unit may be nearing the end of its operational life.

6. High Energy Bills:

An inefficient heater requires more energy to operate, resulting in higher utility bills. If you've noticed a significant increase in energy costs and your water heater is older, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to invest in a new, energy-efficient model.

7. Sediment Buildup:

Sediment buildup at the bottom of the water heater tank can lead to various issues, including reduced efficiency and increased energy consumption. Crackling or popping sounds mean sediment is affecting the heating element. This suggests your water heater might need replacing.

Admiral Plumbing’s Expert Technicians

Recognizing signs of a failing water heater can save you from surprises and expensive fixes. If you see any of these signs, contact Admiral Plumbing Heating and Cooling. We can provide professional advice on replacing your water heater.

Our experts will assist you in selecting and installing a reliable and efficient water heater that will endure for years. Act now to maintain your hot water supply and prevent water damage by not waiting for your water heater to fail.

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