The Most Reliable Signs You Need a New Water Heater

If your water heater is not working properly, it’s only human nature to try and troubleshoot where the problems are occurring.  However, if you can’t seem to fix the problem, it may be time consider the possibility of your water heater failing altogether.

Take a look at the following signs just in case it’s time to replace the old with the new, purchasing a new water heater today.

Sign #1: The Age of your Water Heater

Most manufacturers estimate a water heater lasting anywhere for 8-12 years.  Of course, this varies with the design and quality of the unit, location, and maintenance upkeep amongst many other things.

But if you have an older water heater and start having a lot of issues, it may just be time to replace it with a new one.  Things you’re going to want to consider when shopping for a new water heater would be the possibilities of upgrading (or downgrading) to a different sized unit, updating plumbing, updating electrical, as well as look for a factory warranty.

Sign #2: Rust & Corrosion

If you or a professional inspects your water heater and notice that there is a large amount of rust and corrosion, it may be time to consider purchasing a new water heater.  Especially true for people who have a water softener, because inside the tank itself sacrificial anodes help protect the tank from rusting.  

However, if you have a water softener, these anodes get used up much faster.  It’s wise to have your water heater inspected once a year or once every two years.  Also, when you go to purchase a new water heater, consider upgrading to a powered anode.  This is a permanent replacement and the sacrificial anodes won’t get used up.

Sign #3: Extremely High Water Pressure

Did you know that anything over 80 psi can damage most water heaters, piping, and appliances?  An often overlooked area by both homeowners and professionals, anything over 80 psi requires a pressure releasing valve and/or an expansion tank to ensure no damage to your water heater.  

The expansion tank is the best option as this not only protects for really high water pressure, but from thermal expansion which occurs when your water heater kicks on (while no one is using it) to keep the water at a proper temperature.

Sign #4: Your Water Heater is Being Overworked

New homeowners often overlook many plumbing issues, as well as the size of a hot water heater, opting for a more affordable option when purchasing a house.  But this may not be wise.

If your hot water heater is constantly running, trying to keep up with the demand for hot water in a large household, it could easily break down due to constant expansion and contraction of the tank.  And yes, this is still true for hot water heater’s pressure remains in the optimal stage performance.

Does your water heater show any signs of needing to be replaced in the near future?

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