5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

You could be surprised at how easy it is to lose track of your water heater’s age, or how difficult it can be to recognize an issue before it creates a mess. 

There are several indications that you can leverage to keep an eye on the condition of your water heater. You’ll want to be on the lookout for them to keep your equipment in the best condition. 

Here are five potential signs it may be time to replace your water heater in Clearwater

1. It’s Starting to Demonstrate Its Age 

Similar to the other important appliances inside your home, your water heater has a clear life expectancy. When it reaches the end, it will run much less efficiently and might be costlier to service than replacing it. 

The typical water heater life expectancy is about six to eight years. You won’t want your water heater to be working for longer than 10 years, as this may create pricey damage in your residence if it fails. 

It’s always possible for your water heater to experience issues before this time, so be attentive to anything that seems unusual. 

2. Rust is Starting to Form 

Rust is generally a sign your water heater needs to be inspected. Rust is corrosive and may rapidly spread to other components. This can create a leak or other malfunctions. If you see a bit on the tank or pipes, contact a licensed professional. 

3. Not Enough Heated Water 

If your water heater is struggling to heat water, that’s an obvious sign an upgrade is necessary. Your heater may not be able to deliver any hot water because of too much sediment. The tank size may also be inadequate for the amount of water your home needs. 

This is especially true for larger homes. The faster you run out of hot water, the more important it is to consider getting a new model. 

4. You’re Hearing Odd Noises 

Your water heater will make some noise. If you begin to notice banging noises coming from the tank on a regular basis, that could mean a component isn’t secure. 

Odd sounds could also suggest there’s junk building up on the tank’s base. Excessive buildup could force your water heater to work harder and increase your energy expenses as a result. 

Listen closely if you are starting to hear any strange noises, and give us a call right away. 

5. Sudden Leaks 

If you notice puddles or dark areas close to your water heater, it’s a smart time to think about getting a replacement unit as soon as possible. 

These leaks are often a result of small splits in the tank itself. The longer you ignore it, the more likely you’ll experience a crisis when the tank gives out. (You can halt a messy tank failure later on by getting a tankless water heater, which doesn’t hold water.) 

Water damage is costly to fix and a nuisance you shouldn’t have to worry about. 

If your water heater is past its prime, or in dire need of professional repairs, contact the Midway Services pros at 727-219-2471. You could also book an appointment by contacting us online

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