We all have that question and it is a good one to ask since a water heater is essential equipment in our homes in modern society.
Now, a good question to start is: How long does a water heater last?
The answer is 8 to 12 years, and this is an average, but, If your water heater is pushing the 10-year mark, there's a good chance it's time to replace the unit. Water heaters break down over time and need to be replaced. The best thing to do is to replace it before it completely breaks down, as you might not enjoy taking cold showers until it is finally replaced. Waiting too long could lead you to a bigger problem since the water heater will start leaking and causing water damage to your property.
Remember that, the older the water heater, the more likely it is to break down. But how do you even know when it is time to replace your water heater? Look at the following signs to get some clues:
Rust and Corrosion
Check your tank for rust or corrosion. Most hot water tanks are made out of steel and will eventually rust. You may even notice rust in your hot water when it's drawn from the tap. There's not a way to repair a tank once it starts to rust and corrode. Where your water heater is located within your home may determine your next step. Leaking water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
Drain Valve Does Not Drain Water
Over time, the sediment builds and settles inside the bottom of the water heater's tank. If you have a gas water heater, you may have noticed a popping sound when the burner ignites. This is an indication that there's sediment build-up.
Flushing your water heater once a year will remove the sediment and help prevent damage to the tank, as well as extend the life of your water heater.
But if you're not regularly flushing your tank, the sediment will build-up and eventually cause some serious problems.
Hot Water Tank is Leaking
A leak from the hot water tank is usually caused by an internal problem and is rarely repairable. If you find the leak is coming from the tank, you will need to replace your water heater. In order to prevent water damage, turn OFF both the water and power to the water heater. Then call a professional plumber to install a new unit. We recommend you to install a tankless water heater as they are far more energy-efficient and considerably longer service life.
Water is Luke Warm or Cold
Finding that the water isn’t hot is a sign of a problem, that it could be with the heating element, or the electric thermostat. You can try replacing the heating element as they are usually inexpensive and easy to replace. Another possible cause is a broken dip tube. The dip tube is a plastic pipe that runs from the cold water inlet to the bottom of the tank. If it's broken, the outgoing hot water will be diluted by the incoming cold water. The result is cooler than desired hot water.
If you decide to call a professional plumber to request a quote for a Water Heater replacement, here are few common questions to ask:
The cost of the necessary repair.
In his opinion, what is the life expectancy of the hot water heater after the repairs are completed?
The cost of a new water heater (including labor).
We hope that this information is useful enough. If you are facing any of these problems with your Water Heater, we can help you. JCN Plumbing offers Water Heater Replacement and New Installation Services. We are licensed and Insured with over 20 years of experience. Our company is Accredited by BBB.
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