3 Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

Plumber checking his checklist

Just like any other major appliance in your home, your water heater also needs replacement at some point. It is imperative to replace the heater before it causes major problems such as water damage.

However, a lot of homeowners cannot tell when the heaters are about to fail. Below are the top three signs that you need a new unit.

High energy bills

There are water heaters in Salt Lake City that last up to two decades, which is not entirely a good thing. Experts from Whipple Service Champions note that as it ages, your water heater requires more power to run and sometimes consumes more than 25% of your home’s energy bill. Installing a modern energy efficient system will allow you to keep your bills under control.

Water around the heater

If you notice water leaking or pooling around your heater, you should turn off the supply line to avoid flooding in your home. You should also call a professional water heater technician as soon as possible because leaking could be an indication of internal failure. Such a professional is likely to advise you to replace the system, as there is no cheap or quick way of fixing a leaky water heater.

Rusty water

If you notice rusty or muddy water coming from your hot water faucet, it could mean that your tank is beginning to corrode. Deterioration from inside your unit results from rust developing on the seams of the tank. Discolored water could also indicate rusty galvanized pipes, which can be confirmed by draining the tank with five-gallon buckets. If the water in the third bucket is still rusty, then the tank is the culprit and needs to be replaced.

Similar to other appliances, your water heater will show signs of breaking down eventually. Since nobody enjoys cold showers especially on chilly mornings, you need to replace your heater before it stops working entirely. Knowing when to replace your unit can help you prevent much bigger problems such as water damage in your home.