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How to Know When Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

How to Know When Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

Are you trying to determine whether or not it’s time to replace your water heater? This is the article for you!

If you’ve been having trouble with your water heater, or it seems to be getting a bit “up there” in age, you’ll want to know exactly what to look for to know it’s really on its way out, or if simple maintenance will do the trick.

Here are a few warning signs to look for to know that your water heater might need to be replaced:

  • Leaking tank - a leaking tank is a fairly evident problem, but just because your water heater is leaking doesn’t mean the entire unit is about to break down.

    In most cases, valves and lines can be repaired or replaced while leaving the unit intact. But if the tank itself is leaking, that’s a more serious problem and you’ll want to give us a call to have a licensed plumber inspect your water heater ASAP.

  • Noticeable decrease in amount of hot water output - if your showers haven’t felt as invigorating for a while, it might just be that your water heater is starting to fail you. It should come as no surprise that as your hot water heater gets older and stops working… you get less hot water out of it until one day there’s no hot water at all.

    If you become aware of the situation before it turns drastic, it can be replaced smoothly, maintaining both the safety of your home (by preventing a major leak or flood), and the comfort of your family.

  • Age - while the average life expectancy of a hot water heater is 7-12 years, if earlier warning signs were ignored, it’s possible for your unit to be on the fritz even sooner.

    You can prolong the life of your water heater by doing an annual draining of your equipment. This will clean out any accumulated debris, and help keep the water heater running well for longer. You should definitely drain it once a year, but you don’t need to do it any more frequently than that.

    It’s relatively simple to do on your own, and most homeowners can drain their own water heaters, but we are, of course, happy to deliver this service for you, if you prefer.

    Having pre-filters installed inline of the cold water inlet can also help prevent debris from accumulating and increase the performance and life expectancy of your water heater.

  • Rust in your hot water - while rust in your hot water can be indicative of your water heater rusting, it’s also possible that rusty water can come from galvanized pipes, if your home has them. One of our licensed plumbers can do an inspection and determine where the problem is really coming from, and it might not be a big deal to fix.

Not sure if your water heater needs a simple fix or is about to quit for good? Give BEST Plumbing Service of Cincinnati a call today to have a licensed plumber come and inspect it and regain your peace of mind!

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