4 Ways to Tell When It’s Time For A New Hot Water Heater
Water heaters are one of the wonders and comforts of modern times. Until that fated water heater decides to stop working at the most inconvenient time.
It’s much better to keep an eye on your water heater and be aware of when it needs to be replaced, so that you don’t end up with a catastrophic water damage event that leaks water all over your house, or with no hot water when you are already late for an event.
So how do you actually know when it’s time to change your water heater? You could look out for one or several signals that it may be time to think about replacing your water heater. And, if you are in the Richmond, Virginia area (think towns like Chesterfield, Henrico, Mechanicsville, Midlothian and Chester), then Rubber Ducky Plumbing can help you make that assessment.
The 10-Year Mark (or the end of your warranty)
Many water heaters have a 10 year warranty (but check your heater for your specific warranty). If your water heater has a longer warranty, then great. But be aware when your hot water heater is over its recommended life span. If your heater is over its warranty period, or over its life span, then if it hasn’t failed yet, it probably will fail soon.
Additionally, there are more great reasons to replace your hot water heater if it is older than 10 years. The newer hot water heaters are using better insulation and are more energy efficient. This means that they stay hotter for longer, and cost less to heat up and maintain heat. Over time, that new hot water heater will easily save you money in operational costs.
Slow or Less Running Water
If you are getting less water pressure out of your hot water heater, that might be a sign that it is time to think about replacing your hot water heater. There may be something else going on though, which in any case should be evaluated by a plumbing professional.
Over time the integrity of your hot water heater may begin to degrade. The first clue that this is happening might be slow running water or less running water.
What you don’t want is to ignore the potential signs of a failing water heater and then have water leaking all over your house – then you would have a major water damage event that would require professional water mitigation.
Bad Odor in Hot Water Heater – Smell of Sulfur
If you ever smell a bad odor in your water, whether it is your hot water heater or your regular water, you should be wary. A bad oder like sulfur or rotten eggs suggests that there is something wrong in your water system, and could potentially pose health risks to you and your family.
If you begin to have a bad odor emanating from your hot water heater, please get it evaluated by a professional immediately.
Rust Colored Water or Discolored Water
If the water coming out of your tap after it is heated is discolored, or has a rusty color to it, something is wrong. This could be a major sign that your hot water heater is quickly degrading and that it is time to change the hot water heater as quickly as humanly possible.
Replacing Your Hot Water Heater
Hopefully these easy to spot signs will help you recognize that it is time to change your water heater. Remember that a stitch in time saves nine – so if you are able to change your hot water heater before it breaks you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress.
If you’re still unsure about replacing your hot water heater, you may want to consult with a plumbing professional. Rubber Ducky Plumbing performs hot water heater inspections, repairs, replacements, and installations in the greater Richmond, Virginia area, especially including Midlothian, Chesterfield, Henrico, Mechanicsville and Chester.