When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Broken water heater element. D & F Plumbing serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR talks about when should you replace your water heater.

Broken water heater element. D & F Plumbing serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR talks about when should you replace your water heater.Are your showers the temperature of that nasty lukewarm cup of tea you never finished? That could be a sign you need to replace your water heater. We can help — spend tea time chatting with us about when you should replace your water heater.

Is Your Water Heater Aging Out?

How long is a water heater even supposed to last? Well, that depends on whether it’s gas or electric. Electric water heaters usually last 8-10 years, whereas gas water heaters last about 6-8 years. They don’t, however, always last this long. And on some occasions, they will even surpass this timeline. In fact, we replaced one electric water heater that lasted 40 years! Check out the whole story here.

Is Your Water Bill Rising?

Hot water is an absolute necessity. From doing your dishes and laundry, to cooking and washing your hands, water is used everywhere. Sadly, hot water isn’t free.

If your water heater is declining in health, you’ll be declining in wealth. A water heater becoming inefficient can cost a lot of money. It will often cost more to use a run down water heater than just replacing it.

Is Your Water Rusty?

Rusty or tinted water could mean a couple things are going on with your plumbing. However, if it’s only coming out of your hot water side, it definitely has to do with your water heater. 

It’s time to clear up the waters. Let’s do a little test to help you find out what’s really going on. Fill a bucket with water 3 times. If by the end of the third bucket your water still looks rusty, then your water heater likely needs replacing.

Strange Noises Coming From Your Heater

Do you hear strange clanging sounds coming from your water heater? Some ticking or tapping sounds are normal, but if you notice they start to sound different, you may have a problem. 

As the heater is used, sediment will get heated, reheated, and will eventually harden. This causes strange sounds, which usually means your heater is at the end of its life. Having a layer of hardened sediment can cause less efficiency. The heater will have to work harder and it can cause small holes or cracks. This generally results in leaks, which could eventually cost more than just replacing the heater.

Age, money, rust, noises, who knew it all had so much to do with enjoying a cozy shower? Save time and money by calling the Plumbers in Plaid to help you diagnose your water heater.