In this blog, we’re going to take a look at why you should hire a licensed plumber for your water heater replacement. We know that when you’re a homeowner you always try to stretch the mileage out of your accessories. The longer it lasts, the less you spend; so you try to keep things going as long as they can. Unfortunately, sometimes we are in denial as far as when it’s time to say goodbye. An example of this is realizing when you are ready for a water heater replacement.
When Do I Need To Replace My Water Heater?
There are a few signs to look for that will indicate your water heater is beyond saving. If you still are unsure, you can call upon a licensed Cincinnati plumber to give you the final verdict. If it can be salvaged, they are the best to do it. If it needs to be replaced, they will make sure the job gets done right. Here are some signs to look for which indicate you need a water heater replacement:
- Age: We like to think that age is just a number but it’s an important number. If it’s not written on the unit, you can usually find out the age based on the serial number date code. For example, the first letter represents the number of the month. So if it starts with an A, that means it was made in January. The next two digits represent the year, so if those numbers are 07 then that means it was made in January 2007. You can also check the manufacturer's website for more info.
- Weird noises: If you notice unusual noises from the unit, it may be an indicator that sediment is building up in the bottom of the tank. This is never a good sign, as the sediment hardens because it causes damage to the unit and requires more energy to produce hot water.
- Leaking: If you notice water leaking around the unit it could be really bad. That spillage may indicate a small tear in the tank which will only get worse as the metal heats and expands. But before you order a replacement, be sure to check that the leak isn’t coming from fittings and connections. If it’s coming from one of those areas, it will be easier and cheaper to fix.
Hiring Cincinnati Licensed Plumbers
For those DIY handymen out there who love a challenge, this may be a good time to leave it to a professional. Replacing a water heater is not a project you want to take on without previous experience. A licensed plumber can identify whether you can salvage the unit or if you need a full water heater replacement. That’s why it’s always best to go with a pro, because in the long run it will provide you the peace of mind knowing the job was done right. Your wallet will thank you for it, too. The unnecessary repairs and premature breakdowns of an amateur job gone wrong could haunt you for years to come.
If you have any questions regarding your water heater or other plumbing needs, call BEST Plumbing Service of Cincinnati today.