Water Heater: How Do I Know If I'm In the Market for a New One?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Danny Peterson

When determining whether you need a new water heater or not, realize that most last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. If internal parts are corroded or encased in a buildup of minerals, then the water heater’s efficiency will begin to decline. Flushing the water heater regularly will keep it working longer. However, a few indicators will let you know if it’s time to consider a replacement.

First, if there is no hot water, check for power. While ‘no hot water’ could be a sign of failure, it could also mean that the pilot light is out or a fuse in the box has been flipped. Next, examine the hot water that comes out of the faucet. If it appears rusty, this could signal something more serious is wrong. Next, smell or taste the water. If there is a metallic taste to it, the water heater is most likely close to breaking down. Make sure you pay attention to the noises your hot water heater makes. While there will always be some noise, loud cracks and pops are a cause for concern.

Of course, if you see leaking water around the water heater where none has leaked before, you will want to take immediate action. This is a sign that there has been internal failure in the water heater. Following these guidelines will make you confident in deciding whether to replace your water heater or not. If you need a professional to replace your water heater, give Integrity Home Pro a call. No job is too small or large! Call us to schedule a free, no obligation appointment for an estimate on your home improvement project at 410-721-9577.

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