Learning About Plumbing For Residential Dwellings

Hot Water Heater On Its Last Legs? Know When It's Time To Replace It

Do you have a hot water heater in your home? If so, you may be wondering when the right time is to replace it. Waiting too long could mean that you will be in an emergency situation where you need the help of a plumber to make the water heater swap, which will cost you a premium. Avoid emergency replacement by looking for these four things.

The Tank Is Getting Old

The first thing to consider is the age of your current hot water heater. If the hot water heater was installed before you moved in, look for a manufacturing date on the side of the unit. This will tell you the current age of the tank.

The typical hot water heater lasts between 8-12 years, which may be a lot shorter than you think. As the tank gets up there in age, think about replacing the unit if you see other things that are wrong with it.

You Notice Rust On The Tank

Rust is the main reason that many water heaters are replaced. This is because rust is difficult to stop from spreading, and can cause all the water to empty out of the tank if the rust eats through the metal. Once a hole has formed, there is no way to fix the tank and guarantee that the hole won't form again.

You Are Frequently Running Out Of Hot Water

That hot water tank may have been fine 10 years ago when it was just you and your spouse living in the home. Now you may have kids that are showering each morning before school, and you're running out of hot water by the time you hop in the shower. This can be a good reason to not only motivate the replacement of hot water tank but to upgrade it to a new model that has a larger capacity.

Consider working with a plumber to determine how big the tank needs to be. You don't want to install a tank that is too big since it will use energy heating hot water that is not used.

The Heating Element Is Broken

A heating element is one part of a hot water heater that can become damaged from frequent use. However, it's a part that could motivate replacing the tank when it breaks late in the hot water heater's lifespan. Think about the other issues you are having with the tank, and consider water heater installation instead of repair.