If you are like most homeowners, then you may take your home’s water heater for granted. However, your water heater serves a critical function by ensuring that you have warm water with which to wash dishes, wash your hands, and shower. In fact, it is likely that you will rely on your water heater at least a dozen times throughout the day. This makes it important that you are aware of the signs indicating that your water heater may need to be replaced so that you can investigate having a new unit installed before your old water heater dies on you suddenly. Here are just a few of the signs that you can be on the lookout for indicating that your water heater may need replacing.
You Don’t Have Enough Hot Water
One of the clearest signs that it may be time to start considering replacing your water heater is if it has been struggling to meet your needs lately. Many homeowners tend to assume that not having enough hot water is normal for an aging water heater, and they will think that they do not have anything to worry about if they are frequently running out of hot water. However, if you are having a harder and harder time getting the hot water that you need, this is a sign that your water heater is on its way out and will need to be replaced.
Your Hot Water Doesn’t Look Right
Of course, you should also have cause for concern if the water coming out of your pipes looks discolored or rusty. While there can be several root causes for this problem, if the discolored water only appears when you are running hot water, then this indicates that the inside of your hot water heater is corroded, and it will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Your Water Heater is Aging
Of course, you may want to consider preemptively replacing your water heater if it is over 10 years old. Most water heaters are only made to last ten years, and if your water heater is older than this, it may be prone to problems and it may even fail suddenly. It is best to replace your water heater if it is more than ten years old to ensure that you have a steady supply of hot water.
Contact us to learn more about how you will know if your water heater needs to be replaced.