A water heater that is routinely maintained once a year and receives prompt repairs can last a long time. In fact, you’ve probably had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home, right?
Well, while this longevity is impressive, all good things must eventually come to an end. Eventually, you’ll need to replace the water heater at some point in the future, when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. You may think you can get by with just a repair, but at some point not even that will help and you’ll be forced to upgrade your water heater.
Signs It’s Time to Upgrade
Of course, we’d like to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises when it comes to your water heater. And you should also know that none of the signs we’re about to share is a definite indication that you need water heater replacement. After all, you should always consult with a pro before you decide on water heater work. But we do urge you to pay attention to these signs, especially if any of them describe what your water heater is currently doing.
The Water Heater Is Old
We mentioned above that water heaters last a long time. In fact, most systems can last 15-20 years, some even longer. If your system is over 20 though, oftentimes it’s a wise decision to get a new system, even if your current water heater seems to be working “just fine.” The fact is, a decline due to age is going to start fairly soon, and it may be best for you to get ahead of the problem by upgrading your water heater now.
There is a Loss of Hot Water Volume
Have you found you’re no longer getting the amount of hot water in your home that you expect? Are family members starting to complain about lukewarm or cold showers in the morning when this didn’t used to be a problem? These are all warning signs of a water heater that’s in decline, and it may be best to upgrade it at this point.
A Spike in Your Energy Bills
Your water heater accounts for most of the heating energy used within your household. So if your system begins performing inefficiently due to a decline in age, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a pro to see if the most cost-effective path would be to replace the system entirely.
There are measures in place to prevent corrosion of your water heater. The anode rod is the first line of defense and is there specifically for that purpose. However, if corrosion is visible on the outside of your tank, it means that the inside of the tank has suffered past the point that repairs will do any good.
Reddish Discoloration in the Water
If you turn on your hot water tap and see a reddish tint to it, then it means the inside of your tank is rusting out. There is no way to repair this and it will require a replacement so you can receive safe and healthy water.