3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Blog #3

April 23, 2018

3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Your water heater is an appliance that can last for years, yet daily usage will take its toll and your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. Here are four indicators to watch out for so that you have plenty of time to repair or update your hot water system before a malfunction leaves you without hot water.

1. Age of Water Heater

If your water heater is approaching 10 years old, then you should consider getting it professionally inspected by a licensed plumber to determine if it needs replaced. If you’re not sure of its age, look for the manufacturer’s label on the upper part of the water heater. This label will feature the serial number for the unit and a date code for when it was made. Go to the manufacturer’s website to decode the serial number and determine the date your water heater was manufactured.

Older water heaters are less efficient and upgrading to a newer model, such as a hybrid or tankless water heater, can really help cut energy costs. Circulation pumps, mixing valves and timers can also help reduce water waste, as you’ll no longer have to keep the tap running constantly, waiting for the hot water to arrive.

2. Less Hot Water

Brrrr! Has your family been complaining about the hot water running out during showers or baths? A definite sign that your water heater is wearing out is when it starts producing less hot water or none at all. This issue could be caused by several factors. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, reducing the volume of hot water available for your home. Another common problem is that the heating element or burner components start to fail and are unable to heat the water to the desired temperature. Either way, it’s time for a new water heater.

3. Leakage and Rust

Leakage and rust are two common signs that your water heater at the very end of its life. You do not want to get to the point of water leakage – this can result in disaster. If you turn on the hot water and it looks brownish-red (rust), or you find water pooling on the floor around the heater, then the inner tank seal of your water heater has failed.

It is always better to be proactive with your water heater so you are not without hot water for a day or two. Most people prefer to have time to consider their options for water heaters because it’s a major purchase. You can discuss the pros and cons of tankless, hybrid or traditional water heaters. It’s not as easy when you are trying to do this on a Tuesday evening when the sink is full of dirty dishes, there is a pile of soccer and baseball uniforms that need washed for the game tomorrow and all the kiddos need a bath.

If you have questions about your water heater, give me a call at (406) 855-7131.

Bill Manske

Owner and Master Plumber

Rimrock Plumbing