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Signs Your Water Heater Is Beyond Repair

Signs Your Water Heater Is Beyond Repair

Signs Your Water Heater Is Beyond Repair Jul 10, 2024

Many homeowners don’t know when it’s time to say goodbye and install a new water heater. Knowing the warnings you need to replace your water will save you money and ensure you’re not caught off-guard.

Here at Rooter Man Plumbing, we’ve built a reputation for providing top-notch water heater services. In this article, we will walk you through signs that your water heater is beyond repair and you need to call a professional plumbing service for water heater replacement.

  • Advancing Water Heater Age

How old is your water heater? The working life of a conventional storage water heater is 8 to 12 years, while tankless units can last up to 20 years. You can find information on the life expectancy of your water heater on the sticker located at the top or side of the water heater tank, or you can contact the manufacturer for assistance. If your water heater is getting up there in age, get in touch with a trusted plumbing service for a replacement. An aging water heater is a ticking time bomb that can lead to inconvenient cold showers, higher energy bills, costly leaks, and potential safety hazards.

  • High Energy Bills

Your energy bills should remain within the same range month-to-month unless there’s been a change in your household’s habits. If your energy bills are going up for no apparent reason, the culprit could be a failing water heater. Over time, sediment builds up inside the water heater tank. This sediment insulates the water, making it harder for the heater to transfer heat efficiently to the water. As a result, the heater needs to work longer and use more energy to reach the desired temperature. Another possible scenario is that your water heater uses outdated technology; hence, it’s not designed with energy efficiency in mind compared to newer models. If you’re experiencing inexplicable rising energy costs, it’s a good idea to consider a water heater replacement.

  • Insufficient Hot Water

Does your hot water no longer last as long as it used to? This is a common sign that your water heater could be on its last leg. We understand the frustration that comes with unexpected cold showers. In some cases, this problem can be caused by sediment buildup in the tank or a damaged dip tube. Before you consider replacing your water heater, call a professional plumber to check the thermostat, dip tube, and other components. A professional will assess the condition of your water heater and provide you with recommendations.

  • Leaks

A leaking tank is an obvious sign that you need to consider a water heater replacement in South Hill. Although some homeowners opt to patch up leaking water heater tanks, this is not a good idea because it’s a temporary solution. It increases the risk of catastrophic failure and expensive water damage. If you notice standing water around your water heater and you’ve ruled out condensation, call a trusted plumbing repair service for a water heater inspection.

  • Frequent Repairs

If you find yourself repeatedly scheduling water heater repairs, it is an indication that your unit needs to be replaced. Frequent breakdowns are a sign that your water heater is already worn out. Repeated repair costs add up quickly and will leave a dent in your wallet without providing a long-term solution. A new water heater will not only guarantee a reliable supply of hot water, but it will also save you money in the long run.

Whether you need water heater repair or replacement, turn to the professional plumbers at Rooter Man Plumbing.


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