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May 20th, 2016

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities. Maintaining a home can be one of the most challenging experiences for those who own their home, but the expertise of a licensed plumber can ease some of the common frustrations people may have. Water heaters have some of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. For those questioning if it is time to replace their water heater, here are some signs to look for to help determine if replacement is necessary.

Age

If you do not already know how old your unit is, find out by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker usually located on the top or upper area of the water heater. The serial number has the date in which the water heater was manufactured. Record the serial number and check the manufacturer’s website to learn the age of your unit.

On average, homeowners with water heaters over the age of 10 should consider replacing them. It is not recommended you wait until it begins to leak or cause other issues before deciding to replace it.

Rusty Water

If the water coming from the heater is rusty, it is time to replace it. This is a sign that your water heater is rusting from the inside and has the potential to eventually leak. If your home is like many older homes which have galvanized steel piping, there is a chance you may have rusty pipes. While galvanized steel is strong, it tends to only last about 50 years.

A good rule of thumb is to drain a few buckets of hot water out of the water heater using a five-gallon bucket. If the water is still coming out rusty after the third bucket, the water heater is indeed the issue.

Noises

One sure sign that your water heater is on its last leg and needs to be replaced is when you hear any rumblings or sounds coming from it. The cause of this is often times when sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank and is heated and reheated so much so that it hardens. When this happens, it is time to replace the water heater.

Water Around the Water Heater

Moisture around the water heater can be a sign of a small leak or fracture in the tank of your water heater. Check your heater to confirm there are no other leaks coming from either the fittings or connections to the tank and that the temperature/pressure overflow pipe is not leaking. If all the connections and fittings are dry, it may be a good idea to replace the water heater. Considering that 10% of homes have leaks resulting in 90 gallons of water or more being wasted each day, this issue should be addressed quickly to avoid further problems and higher energy bills. Fixing small water leaks could save homeowners 10% on their water bills.

If you experience any of the above common household plumbing issues, experience the benefits of hiring a plumber and replace your water heater. Whether its residential plumbing or commercial plumbing, make sure that the individual performing the service is a licensed plumber. A licensed plumber could be the difference between saving lots of money and spending more than you want for a service. Protect yourself and your family and hire a professional.