Sometimes, you can not wait to buy a new hot water heater again.
To see if it’s time for a new model, see if there are 4 things that happen with your water heater. If so, you need to upgrade.
1. Water is a strange color
This is a sign that your hot water heater is on your way out. If the water in your bathroom has been running consistent with yellowish or reddish color, it’s time to think of an upgrade.
This happens because your heater starts to rust.
Before you buy a replacement, drain about ten gallons of water from the heater. If after that, the water still comes out with a strange color, it’s time to move on.
2. It’s just old
We all have to go anytime, and your tankless water heater is no different. Generally, you want to start thinking about replacing your water heater after a ten-year rolling incision.
Sometimes, electric hot water heaters can take a little longer than their gas counterparts. If you want to extend your water heater lift, you should do a routine drying.
You should also keep the area around the heater clean. It not only keeps your heater last longer, it’s also a safety feature. Failure to properly clean your water heater (or other heater in your home) accounts for nearly 30% of all fires in the home.
To determine the age of your hot water heater, check the serial number.
3. Water Gathering Around Basic Heaters
If you see a puddle around the bottom of your heater, chances are it will be cracked. This gap will only get bigger as time goes by.
However, make sure that the leak actually comes from the tank itself before you get the replacement, not the fittings or in the pipe that connects the tank.
4. It Makes Crazy Noises
If your water heater sounds like your teenager’s attempts to play drums, it’s not just a nuisance. It could be a sign it’s time to invest in a new model.
This happens because, as we age, debris forms at the bottom of the tank. The debris is heated by the tank, and finally, it hardens. This makes it very impossible to clean.
Even if you decide to keep the water heater in a few months and just face the noise, remember that it will make things more inefficient for you. Translation: Your energy bill will be higher.
Since your water heater already covers between 15-24% of all energy used by your home, any steps you can take to lower your usage will make a big difference in your bill!
Ask yourself if this is really worth it.
Is your Water Heater on the Road Out?
If it shows any or all of these four main signs several times a week, then the answer may be yes.
This means it’s time for you to take advantage of the newer and more energy-efficient energy options the market offers.