Most people are unaware that it is time to replace their water heater before it is too late. Either the basement starts to flood, or hot water stops coming out of their faucets. If you are unsure how old your water heater is or don’t know how long they should last, these signs will help you judge whether or not it is time for a water heater replacement.
Running Out of Hot Water
It may seem obvious, but if you are constantly running out of hot water, it may be time to replace your water heater. Before your water heater completely stops producing hot water, you may see signs of dysfunction. For example, it may start taking longer than normal for water to warm up when you turn on the sink or shower. Adversely, you may notice that hot water is running out quicker than normal when you are showering or using sinks around the house. Either way, if your tendencies aren’t changing, but the amount of hot water is decreasing or taking longer to warm up, it may be time to replace your water heater.
The Age of Your Water Heater
Water heaters will last a long time, but not forever. Just like your dishwasher and refrigerator, anything that contains water is prone to damage. Metal water heaters will corrode and rust over time. Even plastic lined water heaters can suffer from water damage. This can leave your water heater exposed to rust-driven holes and therefore leaks.
Your water heater should last you anywhere between 8 – 12 years. This isn’t to say that your water heater can’t last longer than 12 years, but if it is older, you would be wise to have your water heater inspected at least once a year to ensure that you don’t come home to any surprise floods.
Drips and Leaks
Obviously, if your water heater is leaking it is time for a new one, however if it is dripping, you shouldn’t wait for it to get worse. If your water heater is dripping, you should contact a professional plumber. They can either repair the drip for you or tell you that your water heater has run its course. It is always better to be proactive with water heaters. Dripping tanks eventually create full blown leaks and larger headaches. The minor inconvenience of replacing your water heater pales in comparison to repairing flood damage.
Sediment and Rust
If you start to notice that your water is discolored or has sediment in it when you turn on your sink or shower, you need to contact a plumber before the problem escalates. This is caused by water displacement, which is when sediment within your water heater sinks to the bottom of the tank. When that happens, rust is created and that is what you are seeing come out of your faucets and shower heads.
Flushing your water heater each year can fix this problem. However, flushing your water heater should be performed by a professional since there are injury risks when dealing with extremely hot water. However, if this problem is persistent, that is a sign that you are due to replace your water heater.
Professional Water Heater Replacement
If you are concerned or have any questions about your water heater, please contact the licensed professional plumbers at BGE HOME. We have decades of experience and can recommend the right water heater for your home. We proudly serve Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, and more.