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How to Tell If You Need a New Water Heater

August 15, 2018 Contributor
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If you can’t remember the last time you shopped for a hot water heater, then it’s likely that yours is running out of steam. Most water heaters need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and as they begin to age, they begin to show signs of deterioration.

Here are the top five signs that your water heater is on its last leg. If you notice any of these, it’s best to call a plumber ASAP before things get worse.

  1. Your Water Is Discolored or Smells

When you turn on your shower or a faucet, the water should be clear. Rusty-colored hot water indicates that there’s something wrong with your heater. The water should also be scentless – if it has acquired a metallic taste, it’s likely due to grit and flakes in the hot water tank.

  1. The Heater Makes Loud Noises

An overworked or old water heater might make strange noises that sound like loud cracks and pops. These sounds come from the interaction of heating elements and the mineral build-up inside the heater.

  1. The Water Temperature Is Inconsistent

Your water should be hot whenever you need it to be. If your sinks, showers, and bathtubs are consistently running out of hot water, it could be because your water heater has reached the end of its useful life.

  1. You Spot Leaks and Moisture Near the Heater

When it comes to plumbing, leaks are never a good sign. Excess moisture around your tank usually indicates that it’s time to replace the heater. If you don’t take action soon, that small leak could turn into something much more damaging.

  1. There’s Mud or Sand in the Water

No one wants to spot dirt in the water they use for washing and bathing. Sometimes, sediment can build up in your heater’s tank and lead to problems with your water quality. This could be a result of your old heater’s inefficiency.

Contact Reichelt Plumbing for Water Heater Installation

At Reichelt Plumbing, you can trust us to pick the new water heater that’s right for your home. We’ll guide you through the selection and installation process, then equip you with the knowledge to care for the heater during the years to come.

To learn more about water heaters and our other plumbing services, contact us today at  (219) 322-4906. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand with your plumbing requests in the Northwest Indiana and South Cook County, Illinois, areas.

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