How To Tell When You Need A New Water Heater

Routine water heater care and maintenance dictate the lifespan of your water heater. While proper care and maintenance will prolong the life of your heater, there will come a point where you have to buy a new water heater. Here are some signs you need a new water heater.

Old Heaters

Old water heaters need to be replaced to avoid eventual bursting. If your heater is approaching ten years old, it needs replacing. Sometimes you will notice particles in the water coming from the accumulated dirt in the system.

Most people do not recall when their heater was installed. This limitation makes it difficult to know when to change their heating system. By looking at the first three characters of the serial number on your water system, it is possible to make an educated guess about the installation date. For instance, a number like J114881793 will reveal your heater was installed in October 2011 (since J, the 10th letter of the alphabet, corresponds with the 10th month, October, and the following two numbers indicate the year). However, some manufacturers set up their serial numbers differently, so you might need to check the brand of your heater first.

Rusty Water

Rusty water from the tank might be a sign that your system is rotting. It could also be that the pipes are the ones with a problem and not the heater system. At this point, before deciding to replace your heating system, call a water heater installation plumber. 

To examine the pipes before calling for help, drain some water from your heater. Have three different containers filled with water from the heater. If your water still looks rusty after the third container, it means the heater is the problem and not the pipes. 

A Noisy Leaking Unit

Another indication your water heater needs to be replaced is constant noises from the unit. Sediment builds up in the tank's bottom and causes the rattling sounds. The hardened mass now accumulated in your tank's base also causes chipping away and eventual leaks.

Leaks in your water heater will be easy to spot. If you notice water accumulated below the heater, then it means it is leaking and has to be replaced. Before you decide to buy a new heater, check the pipes to ensure that there is no fracture in the system.

In Conclusion

These ominous indications should alert you to the need to change your water heater. Note that a high-efficiency system helps you cut energy costs. As you plan to change your water heater, consider your household's size, water usage, and maintenance.