An efficient water heater can cost you up to $3,500 in installation costs. When you’re spending that much money on an appliance, you want to hold on to it forever. But, as you well know, that’s not possible.

At some point, you’ll need to do a water heater replacement. This happens when your water heaters break down or become outdated.

In today’s blog post, we will be discussing some of the telltale signs that indicate you may need a water heater replacement.

Only Cold Water Comes From Your Pipe

There can be a number of reasons why you may be only getting cold water from your pipes.

One of the most common is a malfunctioning heating element, which helps to heat the water in your water heater. When this part becomes damaged or degraded, it can no longer effectively heat the water, leaving you with nothing but frigid liquid coming from your pipes.

To determine if your heating element is the cause of your cold-water issue, you may need to have your water heater professionally inspected by a technician. They will be able to assess any motor and mechanical issues that could be causing this problem and determine if replacement is necessary.

You’re Paying Too Much for Water Heating

Your water heater accounts for roughly 18% of your average energy usage. That makes it one of the top three energy consumers in your home.

If you recently realized that you’re paying way too much for water heating, it could be time to start shopping for a new one. There can be several underlying causes for high energy costs when it comes to your water heater, including outdated technology.

But if you’re seeing a sharp increase in your utility costs despite nothing having changed about how or when you use hot water, it may be time to consider replacing your old water heater with a newer model. 

You’re Getting Murky Water

Unusual water color from your pipes is one of the top signs of plumbing trouble. There are several possible causes of this problem, including a problematic water heater.

If you’re noticing murky water from your water heater, it could be that the anode rod has a problem.  The anode protects the tank from corrosion. If it has become worn out and is no longer effective, you’ll start to notice water discoloration.  

Another possibility is that sediments have built up in the bottom of the tank and are now being stirred up into the water. Whatever the cause, murky water is an indication that it’s time to get a new water heater. 

Your Water Heater Is Making Strange Noises

A water heater is making unusual noises is a sign of trouble. There are several possible causes for these unusual sounds, including sediment or mineral deposits building up in the tank, damage to the internal components of the heater, or pressure fluctuations within the system. 

Some common noises to look out for include rattling, hissing, or gurgling sounds. These could indicate that there is debris stuck in the tank or a problem with one of the valves or sensors. 

Additionally, you may hear humming or buzzing sounds if either a thermostat or control board has gone bad. Either way, chances are you’ll need to replace your system.

Your Water Heater Is Old

Age is usually the most important factor in deciding whether or not to replace your home appliances. If your water heater is over ten years old, it’s generally time to start shopping for a replacement. 

While some water heaters can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance, the average lifespan of a water heater is only about 8-12 years. Once your water heater is approaching double digits, it’s definitely time to start thinking about a replacement.

Your Water Heater Tank Is Leaking

If you notice water pooling around your water heater, it’s likely that the water heater is leaking. This is often caused by corrosion, which weakens the metal and causes it to break down over time.

If left untreated, a leaky water heater can cause extensive damage to your home, so it’s important to act quickly. 

In most cases, the best course of action is to replace the entire unit. However, if the leak is small and isolated, you may be able to repair it with a patch kit.

Either way, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs down the road.

Your Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

A pilot light indicates that there is a flame or other source of ignition present, which is necessary for the proper operation of your water heater. When the pilot light goes out, there is likely a problem with the fuel source or some other aspect of your water heater that needs attention. 

Some common reasons for a pilot light going out include:

  •  Clogs in the gas line
  • Issues with the valves or controls
  • Mechanical breakdowns due to wear and tear over time 

If you are experiencing regular issues with your pilot light going out, it may be time to invest in a new water heater so that you can continue to enjoy reliable access to hot water.

Know When to Do a Water Heater Replacement

Whether your water heater is old, leaking, or experiencing other problems, a professional water heater replacement can help ensure that you’re getting the most out of your water heating system and avoiding costly repairs down the road. That’s why you should never hesitate to call a licensed plumber for this service.

Are you in the market for a new water heater? Get in touch with us today for professional installation.

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