Know When It’s Time to Get a New Water Heater
Few experiences are as aggravating as a malfunctioning water heater. Instead of enduring the chill and waiting for better days, homeowners have options––and one of those options involves installing a new unit. In this comprehensive guide, homeowners can learn some common signs that water heater replacement is needed.
Corrosion of the Water Heater
Corrosion and rust on the water heater tank’s exterior typically indicate that the inside is corroding, too, necessitating a replacement. This is because:
- A rusted tank jeopardizes the unit’s integrity, leading to chronic leaks, reduced water pressure, and possibly higher energy bills.
- Corrosion can cause water damage by creating leaks, potentially damaging property such as flooring and sideboards.
- Rust poses safety hazards, as it can weaken the tank’s integrity, potentially resulting in bursting and flooding. This could damage property and create electrical hazards if water comes into contact with electricity, rendering the home unsafe.
Besides visible rust and corrosion on the water heater, other signs can indicate a corroded water heater, such as rusty-looking or discolored water or water with a metallic smell.
The Water Heater Doesn’t Heat Water as Well
If a water heater fails to deliver hot water, the hot water runs out faster, or the water is lukewarm, it may also be time for replacement. After all, what’s the purpose of keeping and maintaining this device if it doesn’t do its job correctly? A water heater may fail to produce hot water for many reasons, including:
- The heating element has problems. Although this part can be replaced, replacing the entire system may be more cost-effective, especially if it’s over ten years old. The water heater’s life expectancy can be a factor in determining when to replace it.
- There are issues with the pilot light. This ignites the heating element and warms the water in the tank. If there’s an issue with the pilot light, it may indicate broader component problems.
- Homeowners experience gas supply problems. This can disrupt the operation of gas-powered water heaters and pose safety concerns in homes.
The Water Heater Constantly Needs Repairs or Is Too Old
While it’s normal for water heaters to require occasional repairs, frequent issues justify system replacement. Frequent repairs:
- Inconvenience homeowners who don’t want to deal with water heater problems constantly.
- Add up in terms of cost, making replacement more cost-effective than paying for consistent repairs and higher water heating costs.
- Disrupt daily life by leading to cold showers and ongoing concerns about repairs.
Additionally, older water heaters should be replaced. Typically, storage water heaters that are over ten years old are recommended to be replaced. Tankless water heaters last longer, around twenty years, but they should also be replaced when nearing the end of their lifespan. Older units are less efficient, leading to higher energy bills, and experience more problems.
About Water Heaters Only, Inc.
Water Heaters Only, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company serving Mesa and the surrounding areas. They offer flat-rate pricing, same-day service, and no additional charges or overtime fees. Call them today for water heater installation or replacement in Mesa, AZ.