Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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Replacing your water heater is one of those projects that can seem very major, and not only that, but expensive. It’s true to say purchasing a brand-new water heater is not a cheap ordeal, but it’s not something you will have to do again for a long time. Depending on the make and model, you should have between 10 to 13 years with the same water heater. However, there are definitely signs you should keep a lookout for that can indicate it’s time to shop for a new one. Here are some tips on knowing when you should replace your water heater.

The Heater Is Leaking

Wherever you keep your water heater, coming across a major puddle of water is not only irritating, it can lead to water damage around it that could make for additional costs. There are several reasons a water heater could leak, and if your water heater is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, it would be better to simply replace it. In older water heaters, leaks occur mainly from corrosion as minerals react poorly with steel – there is no barrier between the metal and the scalding water. A newer model would be in your best interests, as there’s usually a glass liner added, or even foam insulation.

There Is Sediment or the Water Is an Odd Color

There are minerals that are still present even in your filtered water, and over time they can become calcified as they are continually exposed to extremely high temperatures. These calcified pieces can also be a culprit behind leaks. They can scratch through the glass insulation and corrode the metal, if they are not annually flushed out. However, if sediment finds its way into your home’s hot water, that is a key sign for replacement. The same goes if your water has a rusty-looking color to it, or an odd, murky one. Either of these is certainly not normal, and you should plan on addressing it right away so you are not without hot water for a significant period of time.

We Are Your Local Water Heater Experts at Reichelt Plumbing, Inc.

At Reichelt Plumbing, Inc., we are your local water heater experts. If you ever have any concerns about your current water heater, do not ignore them. The best way to stay ahead of a water catastrophe later is to call in an expert. We will come to your home, assess the issue, and advise you on how to proceed. We are happy to give you our input on what kind of water heater would be best for your property. Remember that an Energy Star efficient model could save you up to 20% in energy costs, which is no small amount. Call us today at [phone] to set up your service. We are based in Schererville and serve all of Northwest Indiana and South Cook County in Illinois.


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