6 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

6 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water HeaterWater heater problems are no fun, especially when it decides to act up in the middle of a shower. Sometimes, a simple repair is in order. Other times, there might be something bigger going on. Prepare for problems now by knowing when it could be time to replace your water heater.

When is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

If you experience more than one or two water heater problems in a year, there is probably a deeper underlying issue. The following are several signs that it might be time to replace your water heater.

1. Dirty or Discolored Water

Dirty water typically indicates a rusty system. Often, the tank will rust from the inside out, producing an orange, brown, or red discoloration in your tap water. Additionally, sediment can settle in the bottom of the heater, cycling dirt through the pipes in small amounts.

2. Expensive Heating Bill

A climbing energy bill often indicates a faulty water heater. Your water heater may be struggling to keep up with demand, or it is malfunctioning in some way. When this happens, it begins overworking itself, using extra energy, and increasing your heating costs.

3. Constant Need for Repair

A minor repair here or there doesn’t necessarily mean you should replace your water heater. However, if you are calling in a professional every month or two, consider the cost-effectiveness of one replacement versus 50 repairs.

4. Consistently Low Hot Water Supply

Of course, your water heater’s job is to heat your water. If it’s failing to heat your water, you should raise your eyebrow. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of ensuring that the tank is set to the right temperature. However, if the water is consistently lukewarm or cool, it might be time for a replacement.

5. Old or Outdated System

A well-maintained water heater usually lasts 10-15 years, depending on the brand, workload, etc. If you begin experiencing problems with your water heater and it’s nearing the end of its lifespan, you are probably better off investing in a replacement than messing with costly repairs.

6. Corroded Tank

Corrosion typically occurs over time when leaks and cracks damage the pipes or tank. Old water heaters are particularly susceptible to corrosion.

Other Water Heater Problems to Avoid

Not every water heater problem means that it needs to be replaced. Often, small problems can be fixed with a few minor tweaks. Always check with a professional before deciding you need a replacement.

The following problems indicate the need for a water heater repair.

  • Random bouts of lukewarm water
  • Leaks in the tank
  • Minor sediment buildup
  • Strange noises

How Can ABE Heating & Cooling Help?

As a licensed Rheem dealer, we can introduce you to some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems currently available on the market. ABE Heating and Cooling offers great products with iron-clad warranties and superior installation services, all at manageable prices suitable for any budget. We are located in Brighton, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and if you would like to learn more about high-efficiency furnaces please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.