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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

replace-water-heater-timeA good number of homeowners throughout the Phoenix area still use the traditional storage tank model of water heater in their homes to provide hot water for cooking, cleaning, and other tasks—and for good reason. Tank water heaters are very quiet and often able to be tucked away in rarely-used areas of the home such as the basement, or the garage.

Of course, because of this, problems can crop up pretty quickly and go unnoticed. If your water heater is over 10 to 15 years old, then this problem can lead to a fundamental breakdown, which only leaves you with one option: water heater replacement in Phoenix, AZ. But wouldn’t it be nice to know it’s almost time to replace your water heater—before you actually have to do so? This way there is a minimal disruption to your home comfort and convenience.

First, Let’s Talk Prevention

You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Perhaps that is a bit cliché, but when it comes to your home comfort appliances and equipment, it’s the truth! Once a year you should have a professional plumber inspect your system—taking the time to tighten loose bolts or fittings, clean burners, flush out the tank itself, and replace the anode rod, if necessary.

Speaking of the anode rod, this is the sacrificial component within your storage tank water heater that absorbs rust so that the interior of your tank doesn’t. Anode rods need to be replaced a lot more often than the water heater itself, therefore maintenance is pertinent!

Having water heater maintenance done will extend the life of the system and let our plumbers check for signs of more serious trouble coming down the road. This gives you the opportunity to plan for repairs accordingly, before the damage becomes catastrophic.

What Are the Signs?

Now, onto the signs that you need a water heater replacement. Remember, no matter how well maintained your water heater is, it’s going to eventually need to be replaced. Typically, any signs that the water heater isn’t functioning as it should is grounds to call a plumber. But if you want to get more specific, here’s what to look for:

  • Rust colored water or black water coming out of your hot water taps. This is a sign that rust and corrosion has gotten to the walls of your water heater.
  • A lack of hot water. It could still be lukewarm, but not as hot as you’ve come to expect it to be—or need it to be.
  • Hot water running out more quickly than you’d expect. Sure, someone else getting stuck with a cold shower may be amusing, but what if it’s you?
  • Puddles forming around the base of the water heater. Breaches in the tank may sometimes re-close when the water cools down, so don’t assume by looking at your water heater that nothing is wrong.

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