There is nothing like taking a hot shower in the morning to start your workday on the right foot. However, water heaters, like any other home appliances, have an expiration date. If you have any issue related to your water heater from a lack of hot water, to a pool of water under it — we are here to help with any water heater related job!

How to Know When to Replace Your Water Heater

If you fail to replace your water heater when the time is right, you’ll wake up one morning to the unpleasant surprise of cold water coming out of your shower head. To make matters worse, waiting too long to replace your heater could create water leaks and damage other appliances in your home.

So, don’t make the mistake of taking your hot water for granted. Instead, make sure you keep an eye on these giveaways that your water heater is about to fail and you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect replacement.

Your water heater expiration date is due

Obviously, the older your water heater is the more likely it is to break down. Reading the serial on your heater’s unit – the two numbers after the first letter represent the last two numbers of the year when it was manufactured – will give you a clue you about its approximate lifespan, but this isn’t a date set in stone. While a tank-style water heater can last somewhere between 8-12 years, this will vary depending on the frequency of use and maintenance it gets. But generally speaking, the closer that your water heater is to the 10-year use mark, the more likely it is you’ll have to replace it in the near future.

Your water tank is rusty

Any metal that is in contact with water will corrode eventually. And since most hot water tanks are made out of steel, it’s only a matter of time until yours starts to rust. Rusty water tanks are likely to leak; so, if your tank is located indoors and close to electrical appliances, you must change it before it causes thousands of dollars in damage. You can detect corrosion by checking for rust in the water, in the temperature and pressure relief valve, or inside the tank itself. And just in case you were unable to detect the corrosion, it pays to invest in a water sensor alarm as this will alert you as soon as a leak occurs.

The drain valve isn’t working

Water pipes don’t just carry water. In fact, water tends to drag all types of sediments, going from sand to human hair and everything in between. Over time these solids will settle inside the bottom of your water heater’s tank, clogging your drain valve and eventually breaking down the interior walls of your steel tank. Flushing your tank once a year can help prevent the sediment from damaging the tank. However, if you let the sediment build-up and you can’t drain your tank anymore, you should replace your water heater right away.

The hot water is coming out contaminated

If your heater is doing its job but the hot water that comes out looks sandy or muddy there’s definitely something wrong with your unit. Most of the time these issues are caused by clogged water tanks. If you don’t drain your water tank once a year, the sediment will build up in the bottom and start damaging the tank’s inner walls. However, if you have drained your tank regularly but the water that comes out has rust particles or it has a metallic taste and smell, it means it’s time to buy a new water heater.

Your water heater needs constant repairs

Heavy use can shorten considerably a water heater’s lifespan. It doesn’t matter the quality of the brand or model you bought if it’s spending more time getting repaired than heating your water. It’s time to buy a new one. Repairing your old model can seem cheaper in the short run, but when you add all the time you’ll need to repair it in the near future, you’ll see that buying a new heater makes more sense.

Water heaters are amongst our most beloved home appliances. When well-maintained, they allow us to shower even during the coldest winters and wash our stress away after a long day at work. But to get the best out of your water heating unit, you need to know when it’s time to replace it and buy a new one. So, make sure you keep an eye for these obvious signals and you’ll know exactly when you’ll need to purchase a new one.

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