Cornerstone Plumbing & Mechanical

5 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

A water heater is an essential part of your home, providing comfort and convenience throughout the year. But, like any other device, it only works for so long. By knowing when to replace your water heater, you can avoid taking a cold shower when you least expect it and avoid situations that could be dangerous.

Sign 1: How old is the heater?
Most water heaters last between 8 and 12 years. If yours is in this range or higher, it’s time to start thinking about getting a new one. A water heater that is too old will not only use more energy, but it could also leak or break.

Sign 2: Water that is rusty
If you notice rusty water coming out of your hot faucets, it could mean that the tank inside your water heater is corroding. This problem isn’t just with the water quality; it can also cause major leaks or tanks to break.

Sign 3: Weird sounds
There may be rumbling or banging sounds in your tank if sediment builds up, especially as the heater ages. The water heater will work less efficiently and the tank is more likely to get damaged as this sediment hardens.

Part 4: Water Leaks
There should not be water around your water heater. Leaks can do a lot of damage to property, especially if the tank breaks down totally. It is important to check your water heater often for water or small leaks.

Sign 5: Inconsistent Heating
Changing water temperatures are a clear sign that your water heater isn’t working right. Problems could be as small as mineral layers affecting the heating elements or as big as major parts not working right.

Recognizing these signs early can save you from the inconvenience and potential dangers of a failing water heater. If you notice any of these issues, it’s wise to contact a professional for an inspection and consider a proactive replacement.