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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

water-heater-maintenanceA water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. You’ve probably already had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.

All good things must come to an end, and you will need to replace the water heater at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. At first, you’ll think of arranging to have the water heater repaired, but there are signs to watch for that will tell you the best option isn’t to continue with having it fixed but to replace it entirely.

Here Are 5 Signs You Should Replace the Water Heater

None of these signs is a definite indication of a water heater replacement. Always consult with a professional plumber before you make a choice. The plumber can tell you if repairs might still be worth it.

  1. The System Age: How long has the water heater been in your house? Most systems can last from 15 to 20 years. If a water heater is older than 20 years, it’s usually better to put in a new system, even if the current water heater is working adequately. A decline due to age is going to start soon, and it’s best to get ahead of it with a new water heater.
  2. Loss of Hot Water Volume: Are you no longer getting the amount of hot water in your household that you expect? Are people starting to go with lukewarm showers in the morning when this wasn’t a problem before? These are warnings of a water heater that’s in decline and should be swapped out for a new one.
  3. Rising Heating Bills: Hot water accounts for most of the heating energy used in your home. If the hot water heater starts to work inefficiently because it’s declining because of age, then it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional to see if the more cost-effective path is to replace it.
  4. Corrosion: You shouldn’t see corrosion on your water heater until it’s extremely old. If it does appear, it usually can’t be repaired and you must get a new water heater.
  5. Reddish Discoloration in the Water: If you turn on taps and see a reddish tint to the hot water, it means the inside of the tank is rusting out.
  6. Too Many Repairs: If you’re getting into the habit of calling for repairs for the water heater more than twice a year, that’s too often. Rather than to continue to throw money at a water heater that’s on its last legs, arrange for a new installation.

To schedule a water heater replacement, or get a professional opinion on whether it’s time to have it replaced, get in touch with our plumbers. We’ve served homes in the area with excellent plumbing and water heater services for over 41 years. We always strive to provide prompt, professional service.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. offers service throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and the Main Line.

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