A water heater is a convenience that, just about a century ago, was a luxury available only to those who were well off. Nowadays, it can be easy to take a hot water heater installation for granted. That is until you jump into the shower to notice it is freezing cold or, worse, scalding hot. Luckily, quickly repairing certain components or even adjusting the unit can have you back on schedule. Sometimes, however, a repair is simply not enough. It might be that you need to have the water heater replaced. Reliable plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are proud to offer water heater repair and replacement services. In this article, we will go over some red flags that indicate it is time to replace your unit.
Your Water Heater Is Old
A properly installed and maintained water heater can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. If you are regularly flushing your water heater tank, testing the pressure relief valve, and checking the thermostat or anode rods, then you can probably get the most out of your water heaters service life. Still, if your water heater is over 10 years old, then it might be time to explore whether a replacement is due.
Discolored, Smelly, or Rusty Hot Water
When the water heater begins to disintegrate and corrode from the inside out, it will let you know in the form of discolored, smelly, or rusty hot water. A functional hot water heater will produce clear, hot water. If your hot water is discolored or rusty, then it might be time to replace the water heater.
Water Heater Is Making Noise
The water heater is surely going to make some sounds when operating, but if you hear loud knocking or banging sounds, then it is time to raise the red flag. Knocking sounds are usually caused by sediment buildup in the tank. Installing a water filtration system and flushing the water heater once a year can prevent severe buildup, but it might be too late if you have ignored this maintenance item for years. In that case, chances are you need to have the water heater replaced.
A Leaking Water Heater Tank
A pool of water around the water heater is certainly going to cause concern, but that leak does not necessarily mean that the water heater must be replaced. For example, it might be that the drain valve is the issue. This can be a quick and easy fix. However, if the water heater tank itself is cracked, then you most likely have to replace the unit.
Not Enough Hot Water
A damaged water heater is not the only reason you might have to replace it. If your household has grown since you installed the water heater, then you may have to upgrade to a larger unit that can handle your households demand.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Whether you need a quick water heater repair or a full replacement, emergency plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are ready to help. We are available around the clock, so don't hesitate to call at any time.