When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

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Knowing the correct time to replace your water heater is something every Longview homeowner needs to know. Water heater failures are one of the most expensive incidents that a homeowner can pay for. In fact, the water damage that results from a water heater failure can cost an average of $4,444 to repair. However, these costly repairs are avoidable. If you know the signs to look for you will know when to replace your water heater before it is too late.

Signs Your Water Heater Is Getting Old:

  • Age – In general, most water heaters in East Texas last about 6-12 years. Your water heater may seem like it is working after that 12 years, however, it is much more likely to break and cause more damage. Another way that you can tell your water heater is getting a little bit too old is if it is no longer producing hot water at adequate levels.
  • Rusty Water – Discolored water is one of the most clear-cut signs that something is wrong with your plumbing system. Figuring out where the rust is coming from is vital for the health of your household. If you see rust around the water inlet or pressure valves there is a good chance the rusty water is because of an issue with your water heater. It can be assumed that rust around the water inlet or pressure valves means there is also rust inside the tank. If not found soon enough, the rust can eventually eat through the tank and cause expensive leaks.
  • Noise – The louder your water heater gets, the closer it is to a major issue. Typically, sediment buildup is the cause of a noisy water heater. The sediment forms as water is heated and then reheated in the tank. The sediment not only causes a loud rumbling sound but makes it take longer for your water to heat up. The longer it takes for your water to heat up, the more brittle the metal tank becomes, which increases the likelihood of cracks forming

Signs Your Water Heater NEEDS Replacement

  • Leaks – If your water heater is leaking, it needs to be replaced right away. As your water heater ages, the likelihood of you finding water around your heater increases greatly. The older the water heater, the longer it will take to adequately heat your water supply. This extra time causes the metal walls of your heater to grow brittle and become more prone to cracking. If you do not spot a leak and replace the tank quickly enough, these leaks will grow, causing serious damage to the surrounding areas of your home.
  • Water Heater Not Heating – Your water heater is easily one of the top two or three most important appliances in your household. So when it stops working or does not work efficiently enough, this is a significant reason for concern.

Hopefully, this list will help you understand the importance of keeping up with the age and condition of your water heater. It is incredibly important to keep an eye on your water heater and investigate if you suspect any issues. If you think something is wrong with your water heater or think it’s time for a new one, please give Bird Dog Plumbing a call! Not only do we specialize in repairing your damaged water heater, but we are also able to install that new one for you! We have been helping Longview, TX homeowners with all their plumbing needs for the past 13 years! Please contact us today!