Installing a new water heater is a decision most homeowners will have to make eventually. The good news is, the new unit you choose will be more efficient, cost less to operate and provide better performance. Water heaters tend to be the most frequently replaced major appliance in a residence. But how do you know it’s time for a new water heater? Here are some signs to help you make the right call.
Age of the Heater
Average expected service life of a heater is around 10 to 12 years. If yours is more than a decade old, you can count on needing a new one sooner rather than later. If you don’t know the age of your unit, copy down the model and serial number and contact the manufacturer’s customer service to get an approximate date.
Long Recovery Time
If your water heater makes you wait longer and longer for hot water after somebody takes a lengthy shower, hard water sediment accumulation inside the tank may be the culprit. If it’s early in the process, sediment may be removed by tank flushing. However, if the sediment has hardened, a new heater is indicated.
If hot water in your home looks muddy or rusty-colored, internal tank corrosion inside the heater may be the cause. If the discolored water continues after you run several gallons of hot water, that generally indicates that it is the water heater itself, not the hot water pipes. A corroded tank cannot be repaired and replacement of the heater is the only option.
Signs of water leakage from a heater may be a fixable issue if the temperature and pressure relief valve is dribbling. A qualified plumber can inspect it and tell for sure. Any other leakage from a water heater tank is generally not repairable and requires replacement of the unit.
If you think it may be time for a new water heater, find out for sure by contacting the professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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