When to replace a water heater

When the water heater keeps on failing to produce enough hot water then it is likely that it is reaching its end of life.

Water heaters are essential for everyone’s comfort at home. It makes early morning showers more bearable. It makes baths at the end of the day, even more relaxing. But like any home appliance, water heaters will also reach their end of life. Homeowners have to realize the correct timing when it comes to replacing their existing water heater because using an outdated one could have several repercussions.  

Signs of a failing water heater

Failing to replace water heaters in time could amount to additional expenses. These expenses include the cost of repairs, and the general cost of running outdated equipment. Outdated equipment like water heaters demand far more electricity or power than newer counterparts. Ace Contractors

One of the best ways to find out whether a water heater needs to be replaced is its age. Usually, water heaters can last for at least 12 years. Beyond that, the heater is no longer considered at its best efficiency-wise. Moreover, it is more likely to fail at any time.

Homeowners who do not know the exact age of their water heater could have a licensed plumber check the overall condition of their water heater. Plumbers generally have an idea about how long a water heater has been operating judging from its functionality and condition. List of Services

Sometimes though, water heaters could fail years before their supposed end-of-life. Maintenance and usage come into play, and so, those that are ill-maintained could get broken even before reaching their maximum life expectancy.   

Failing water heater

Below are some of the signs that the water here needs an immediate replacement:

  1. Unexplained increase in utility bills. Failing water heaters are inefficient when it comes to using up electricity or natural gas. Since the mechanism is failing already, the system tries to compensate for it by using up more energy than usually required.
  2. Heating has become inconsistent. When the water heater seems unable to produce heated water as it usually does, then it may be failing already. When water comes in lukewarm no matter the thermostat setting, or not as hot as desired then there is a serious issue at hand.
  3. Strange noises coming from the tank and mechanism. Water heaters are supposed to operate silently. If it generates odd noises then there is an ongoing problem.
  4. Any type of leaking either in the pressure relief valve or the tank itself. About the business
This article was posted in San Diego Heating and Air, San Diego Plumber and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are closed.