Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

May 31, 2018 6:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Water heater problems can get old very quickly. But how can you tell whether you need or a new water heater, or if you can get by with water heater repair in Glenwood Springs, CO? Below is some helpful information to consider.

Lifespan of most water heaters

Your water heater is one of those large household appliances that isn’t exactly cheap to replace. With that in mind, you may be wondering how often your water heater needs to be replaced. In general, a water heater that’s been properly installed and cared for should last about 10 years. Additionally, electric water heaters on average last a little longer than natural gas water heaters, although you shouldn’t determine how long your water heater will last based on the type you have. A better way to gauge its lifespan is to take note of your use and maintenance habits.

Signs of possible failure

When your water heater fails, you’ll not only experience a disruption in your hot water, but sometimes water damage to your home as well. Watch for the signs of a need for water heater replacement:

  • Age: Once your water heater reaches 10 years of age, you really need to start keeping an eye on it. There should be an informational sticker on the unit indicating year of manufacture, brand, gas or electric, etc. If not, and if you have no clue how old it is, you should schedule a water heater inspection to get more information.
  • Sounds: The only sound you should hear often is the water heating up inside the tank; however, you might hear quiet ticking and other non-threatening noises, which are typical. What you do need to listen for are new, loud noises, such as loud banging, knocking and rumbling, which are all signs your water heater is either about to fail or needs repairs.
  • Discolored water: The water coming out of all household faucets is supposed to be clear. If the hot water looks rusty, this may indicate an issue with the water heater tank. Rust in your cold water is more likely a problem with your pipes.

Know when to replace your water heater

Whether it’s been 10 years since your water heater was installed, or the sticker on the unit has a date that is more than 10 years in the past, it may be time to replace it to avoid costly repairs later. Here are a couple signs it needs to be replaced:

  • You’re having to turn the faucet farther or all the way to the hottest setting to get hot water. Additionally, the hot water is extremely limited, even after cranking the faucet all the way.
  • Your heated flooring is not heating up.
  • You’ve noticed your monthly utility bills rising and the extra costs cannot be attributed to other household appliance usage. Keep in mind whether your water heater runs on gas or electric power.

If your water heater is well past the 10-year mark but seems to work fine, consider scheduling a professional water heater inspection to ensure it’s still in good condition.

If you need water heater repair in Glenwood Springs, CO, call Garrett Hansen Plumbing Inc. right away. We’ll get the hot water flowing again in no time!

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