Does Your Water Heater Need to Be Replaced?

plumber examining water heaterYour water heater is an essential part of your home. Unfortunately, it will need to be replaced eventually. Here are some signs that you should install a new water heater:

Age – A properly maintained water heater can last quite a long time, but if your unit is more than ten years old, you should consider a replacement. Even if your water heater is in excellent condition, it becomes more leak-prone after ten years.

Rusty Water – If you notice rusty water coming from your faucet, it can be a sign that your water heater is rusting internally, which can lead to a leak. Check to make sure that the water is only rusty when using the hot water. If rust is still coming through when you use the cold water by itself, it can be a sign of another problem.

Strange Noises – Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of your water heater. The sediment is heated and reheated over and over, causing it to harden. This hardened sediment causes rumbling and banging sounds when it heats up. The sediment makes your water heater less energy-efficient eventually leads to serious damage if the unit is not replaced.

Water Leaking – Moisture around your water tank is a worrying sign. When the water heats up, the metal of the tank expands. If fractures have formed in the tank, this expansion will cause it to leak.

When it is time to replace your old water heater, call J.L. Wagner Piping & Plumbing Inc. for water heater installation in Geneva, IL, and the surrounding areas. Our company has been providing quality plumbing services to families like yours for over 100 years.