Do You Need A Water Heater Replacement?
Water heaters are nearly constantly under a tremendous amount of stress. Which means that they require significantly more maintenance and repair than almost any other plumbing fixture. At In Demand Plumbing, our Brentwood Plumbers recommend that you have a tune-up and inspection of your water heater at least once every year. That way, your water heater will always be functioning at peak conditions, and you can be guaranteed the longest lifespan possible.
However, even if you stay up on repairs and maintenance, you’ll need to replace your unit eventually. You don’t ever want your home to be without hot water, so it’s important that if you do need if a water heater replacement, you have it done.
You may need a professional to tell you whether you need water heater repair or if it is time for a replacement. But there are some signs you can look for to alert you.
Your Water Heater’s Age
Most water heaters will have a lifespan of around ten years. That number can vary in either direction, though, depending on the frequency of the maintenance and repairs. If your water heater doesn’t receive proper maintenance, it may only last for four to five years. If you’ve been using your water heater for more than five years, it’s time to start paying more attention to it and seeing if it might break down soon.
Pay closer attention to your energy costs as well. Rising energy costs may be a sign of poor water heater efficiency. If you haven’t recently, call for an inspection, and we’ll let you know how much longer your water has and whether you need a replacement or repairs.
Any noises that you hear coming from your water heater are a bad sign. Most of the time, this means that there’s a build-up of sediment inside the machine that won’t allow water to flow through it properly. Sometimes, that sediment can be flushed out, which can help with performance and efficiency. If the problem has gotten too bad, a water heater replacement may be your only option.
If you find a leak in your water heater, don’t panic immediately. Some leaks can’t be repaired, but some others can. Water heater leaks might be symptoms of a much larger problem, and they be a sign that a break down is imminent. Keep in mind, though, that not every puddle you find near your water heater is necessarily coming from a leak.
If you think you’ve found a leak, contact our Brentwood plumbers immediately. We can determine the location of the leak, the cause, and the best next steps. Sometimes, water heaters with leaks will have to be replaced.