If you've ever taken a steamy shower, a water heater was involved with ensuring that you have warm water. It's also likely that you've shaken your fist at your siblings, parents or roommates for using the last of the heater's reserves. Because this machine is so critical to our everyday comfort, it's important to understand when it needs to be repaired or when a new one should be installed. Let's take a look at a few reasons to replace your water heater:
How old is your water heater? Has it been in place since the home was built, or has it been replaced over the years? This information will be integral to determining if a new appliance is necessary. While there is no specific time frame of what age of when to replace your water heater be sure to use your best judgment to identify if your aging water heater needs to be retired sooner rather than later.
Not warm enough
When you first moved into your home, your water heater worked like a charm. However, if your family grew, your water needs changed from those simpler times. As the demand for hot water increases, your tank may not be able to meet these expectations, meaning that it may be time to purchase a larger water heater. If your household has expanded, or you're expecting it to do so in the near future, you may want to take a look at your heater's capacity.
Water heaters in many homes are in the basement or locked away in an inconspicuous closet, but these appliances can make a considerable amount of noise when something is wrong. If you hear a hissing or sizzling noise, that means that sediment may have collected in the tank, and is burning away. Traditionally, flushing out your tank will solve this issue, but if the problem persists, you may need to replace the heating element. Consulting a plumbing expert on these situations can identify the issue from the start and prescribe the right method to resolve it.
Water heaters are an essential, and fairly pricey piece of equipment, so you want to ensure that you maintain yours properly and only replace it when necessary. Call your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professional to perform a full inspection and routine maintenance including checking connections as well as looking for any signs of corrosion or leakage.
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