Water heaters are essential for keeping you warm during crisp Chicago winters. However, these appliances don't last forever, and it will be crucial to understand when is the best time to trade out your current fixture for a new one. Here are a few signs that it's time to replace your water heater:
As a water heater ages, it will likely start having more issues, and it may make more sense to replace it rather than repair it. A typical conventional water heater lasts between 10 and 13 years. Over this time, you might experience things like valve sticks, thermostat breaks or failures in heating elements. If this sounds like your situation, it's time for a new water heater.
Conventional water heaters aren't as efficient as newer models, and as they get older this fact becomes even more prevalent in their operations. If you're thinking about putting in a tankless or hybrid water heater to achieve better efficiency, now could be the perfect time if your current model is getting on in age and is having issues.
If your water heater is leaking, that could end up with significant damage if not handled appropriately. Similarly, if the water coming from your water heater is rusty, this could be a sign that your fixture is rusting away on the inside and may start leaking soon. Call your local Chicago Roto-Rooter plumbing professional to install a new water heater or fix your current one to ensure optimal performance.