In the majority of homes, having access to hot, running water is essential for daily life. From showers, baths, and regular hand-washing to cooking, laundry, and dishwashing, the average individual may use water at different temperatures up to 20 times each day. It’s not very pleasant to run out of hot water when you need a water heater replacement. Your water heater, like most appliances, is utilized daily, which means you’ll ultimately have to replace it.
A water heater’s usual lifespan is 12-15 years, so you can expect to replace it once every decade or so. Unfortunately, to address the water heater problem, you will most probably have to contact an experienced emergency plumber. However, with a little planning and frequent plumbing checks, you can prevent the inconvenience of a breakdown.
Remember that regular maintenance can help you maintain your investment. Professional maintenance and care can extend the life of your water heater. Here are some signs that it’s time for you to replace your water heater.
Lack Of Hot Water
The most obvious indication that there is a problem with your water heater is when you are unable to access hot water. If the electrical supply is functioning properly, the heating components are probably the issue. These components could come into direct contact with the water, which consequently might cause corrosion. This is particularly accurate if sacrificial anodes are not routinely changed.
There should be two to three heating components. If one of them fails, your water will be warm but not hot. You won’t have any hot water if both have failed. These components can be changed, but it’s debatable if doing so is the wisest course of action.
Rust and Corrosion
Keep an eye on the water heater tank and occasionally inspect it for any corrosion or rust that may have developed over time. Two areas in particular need to be thoroughly inspected: the region of the temperature and pressure relief valves, as well as the intake and output connections.
These locations are particularly vulnerable to the accumulation of rust and corrosion. When you have your next scheduled water heater maintenance check up, ask the technician to show you where these locations are if you are unsure where they are. Your unit will survive longer if these sections are kept clean and well-maintained, which can help you put off buying a new water heater. Another sign to be on the lookout for is rust-coloured water from your water heater.
How long are water heaters expected to last in a typical home? Most systems have a 12–15 year lifespan. Even if your current water heater is functioning satisfactorily, it is usually preferable to install a new system if your water heater is older than 15 years.
It does not imply that you must replace it immediately. However, you should be aware of the signs and be ready to replace it when necessary. Age-related deterioration will begin soon, so it’s wise to get ahead of it with a new water heater.
Every day, your water heater works hard. In addition to dealing with corrosion pressure, the system must also manage varying water pressures that might exert pressure on the system’s connections.
This can lead to a leak in the water heater. Any and every water leak is a problem and it should be fixed as soon as possible. However, if the leak is coming from the heater, you must take into account the possibility of a failure and the hot water entering your house immediately.
Too Many Repairs
Keeping note of the total number of times a water heater has to be fixed in a year is a great approach to determining when it needs to be replaced. Your home’s water heater shouldn’t require maintenance more than twice a year.
Instead of investing money to extend the life of your existing water heater, it’s a better option to just replace it with a new one.
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