When is it Time for a Replacement?
If you are trying to educate yourself more on when it’s time to replace your water heater, it’s probably time. We say this because chances are you are looking for information backing up the signs you already notice your water heater going through. Trust us – the second you realize your system is acting up, you’ll want to call 3 Mountains Plumbing as soon as you can. Living without hot water is a real drag, and we don’t want that for you.
Signs You Need a Water Heater Replacement
- Loud noises: A loud banging sound coming from your water heater is not how it normally functions. It means that there’s sediment build up on the tank and needs to be flushed out. However, if the sediment has gotten so bad that flushing will not solve the problem, you’ll need a new one.
- Leak: Unfortunately, leaks are just one of those things that a repair will do nothing for. Once your water heater starts to leak, it won’t stop until you replace it with a new, upgraded unit.
- Family size: This is an important factor to consider not only for efficiency, but for cost. If your family size has increased in recent years, for example, there are more people in your home that’s using the water. This means that if you currently have a smaller-sized water heater, you probably aren’t getting enough hot water to meet your needs. Same thing goes if your family size decreased. Why pay all that money for a large water heater when you don’t need to?
- Age: The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. Ones that fall within that range, or that are older, probably don’t have much give left in them. You don’t want to be in the middle of the shower when age gets the best of your unit and it stops working. Best to replace it before that happens.
Besides having a water heater that works and that’s reliable, you’ll also increase the value of your home. Home inspectors look carefully at the condition of water heaters in homes and a newer one will look much better than and older, more run down one.
So, the answer to your question is right now. Call 3 Mountains Plumbing for more information or to schedule a water heater replacement appointment today!