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How to Tell You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Your water heater is generally hidden out of sight in your home, so it may be difficult to tell whether you need water heater replacement. While problems with your unit are often a sign that you simply need repairs, it may also indicate your unit is too worn to continue running. Call for repairs whenever you notice strange noises, incorrect temperatures, or leaks, but pay attention to the following indicators that you may need to replace your water heater.

  • Old Age: Perhaps the most telling sign that your water heater needs replacement is old age. While you should check with your manufacturer for a more accurate timeline, most storage tank water heaters last about 10-15 years while tankless ones may last over 20. If your unit exceeds its expected lifespan, it’s at risk of corrosion or sudden breakdowns, an unfortunate event when you need a hot shower.
  • Rust: You turn on the hot water and notice it appears to be a reddish-brown color. Unfortunately, this may be a sign that your unit simply cannot go on. A rusted tank is at risk of troublesome leaks and corrosion. However, sometimes rust may simply mean that the anode rod—a component meant to attract particles that may cause your tank to corrode—has rusted through. This sacrificial rod protects your tank and may only need a quick professional parts replacement.
  • Lower Temperatures: Low temperatures may only be a sign of a repair need, such as a broken dip tube or a damaged heating element. But, particularly with an older system, reduced heating ability may mean that you need a new unit. Eventually, the parts of your water heater may become worn down, and, in this case, replacing your tank is often the best choice.

Replacing your water heater is a tough decision that may require some professional advice. An experienced plumber can help you decide when it’s time to give up your older unit and what type of unit might work best for replacement and save you the most money. If you need a new water heater in Phoenix, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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