While you may think that postponing buying a new water heater system can save you money, skimping on this can lead to higher utility bills, costly leak repair, or even risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (for gas water heaters).
Today’s water heaters have better design and a longer lifespan than older molders. On average, gas heaters last 8-12 years, while electric heaters last a bit longer, 10-15 years–provided that they are regularly inspected, drained, and flushed.
Signs You Need a New Hot Water System
There are telltale signs that will tell you that your water heater system is ready to retire–and that buying a new one is more cost-effective [and cheaper] in the long run than having another repair.
If your hot water is discolored, it might be a sign of sediment buildup or a rusty tank. Thick sediments from minerals like calcium and magnesium can damage your water heater system, cause leaks, or in extreme cases, result in an explosion.
(Note: Draining and flushing your tank twice a year can prevent sediment buildup and prolong the lifespan of your hot water system.)
Irregular Water Temperature
If the water temperature is not consistent during your hot shower, it might be a sign that your heater needs repair or even replacement. Ask a professional to check your unit and tell him how long you have been using it.
If your water heater is more than a decade old, it’s better to replace it with a new one than have it repaired. Not only will you save time and avoid stress, doing so is also cheaper in the long run because you don’t have to spend on frequent repair services.
In general, old units use more energy and waste more clean water because they force you to run water for too long to reach the desired temperature. According to one estimate, an average household can send around 12,000 gallons of clean water down the drain because of an inefficient water heating system.
Related blog: What is the Best Temperature for a Hot Water Heater?
Significant Water Leak
Water leaks might be a sign of corrosion in the tank. You should immediately address this problem because it could pose risk of electrocution, mold and mildew, and water damage.
If the leak is minimal and your heater is relatively new, get it fixed immediately to prevent further corrosion, which requires a more extensive and expensive repair.
Weird noises, especially loud banging, and cracking sounds, are a cause for concern because they are usually a sign of thick sediment buildup or broken dip tube (which causes hot and water to mix).
Too much noise, which creates pressure, can compromise the structural stability of your water heater, causing it to leak and/or the water temperature to fluctuate.
Hot Water Runs Out Quickly
The water heater system is designed to keep hot water ready for use, but with thick sediment buildup and broken dip tube the water never gets the chance to heat because cold water fills the top of the heater and flows right out to the “hot side” compartment.
If you have hot water problems or need water heater installation and replacement, contact Rocklin plumber specialist Patrick’s Hot Water. The company also serves residential and commercial buildings in Rocklin, Granite Bay, Roseville, Lincoln, Loomis, and other areas nearby.