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Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Water Heater

The hot water heater in your home is an appliance that you most likely don’t even pay attention to, sometimes until it is too late. Knowing the early warning signs can certainly help you determine when it may be time to consider updating, and, in return, saving you a headache in the future. It is advantageous to look into a new water heater or repair if you are undergoing any of the following:

Is your Hot Water Heater Suffering from Old Age?

How long have you owned your hot water heater? In general, if it is older than 10 years, it is probably time to think about a replacement. Some units’ life may be longer depending upon the design, quality of installation, upkeep, and general water quality in your area. However, when your water heater becomes at least 10 years old, your heater’s effectiveness starts to weaken because the inside parts will become corroded in an accumulation of minerals.

Is your Hot Water Heater Working Intermittently or Not At All?

If you have a water heater that supplies no hot water, hot water which runs out fast, or takes a long time to renew, you should probably start to consider a replacement. In other words, if your hot water heater is inadequately producing hot water dependably, or is not able to keep a continuous water temperature, it is most likely nearing the end of its life. Notice signs such as your hot water becoming lukewarm, little pressure through the hot water valves, and water that is exceptionally hot irrespective of the valve setting.

Is your Hot Water Heater Making Strange Noises?

All water heaters will produce “normal” sounds as the water heats.  However, it can be quite annoying when your hot water tank pops, cracks, knocks or bangs. These annoying noises are produced when your tank’s heating element makes contact with the sediment which builds up inside the tank. If you are hearing these noises, your water heater is more than likely at the end of its life.

Is your Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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This is a without-a-doubt sign that you require a new hot water heater. If you see discolored or odorous puddles around your water heater, specifically around the base of the tank, these are significant signs that you can no longer repair, and it is definitely time for a new water heater. If you observe standing water, call Saviour Septic, LLC immediately.  You are going to need to replace your tank asap in order to avoid flooding and other damage to your home.

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