Is it time for a new water heater?

November 3, 2017

Clear Drain Plumbing has trained technicians that are ready to help you replace your water heater. A common question we get from our customers, is when should I replace my current water heater?
 

What signs should I look for?

 

Based on the manufacturer's service life, most water heaters life expectancy is about 8 to 12 years. This time line can vary based on how it was installed, have you been maintaining the unit correctly, and even the design of the unit itself. If the unit has not been installed 10 years, you might look for some specific common problems that happen to water heaters.

  • You may see water buildup in your water heater, or leaking from the water heater. This is a definite sign that something is wrong, and you should turn off the water heater power to the unit and call in a professional. Leaking water can also cause water damage to the room the unit is in.
     

  • You may see rust or what appears to be sediment in your water, called water displacement. This sediment is sinking to the bottom of your heater which may overheat the tank and break down the steel. One common cleaning technique for this is draining your water heater at least once a year. If you have sediment in your tank, this flushing will just agitate the sediment at the bottom of your tank, and may open up holes. If you have not flushed your tank yearly, and want to try flushing your unit, call a professional to do it for you.
     

  • It is taking longer to get the hot water to your bathroom, or the water is not heating up like it once did. This may be caused by lack of power to the heating elements, electric thermostat and/ or the electric heating element are faulty.

Those are the most common signs that you may need a new hot water tank. If you are experiencing any of the above, you need to call in a professional plumber from Clear Drain Plumbing!

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