There are times in life when there is nothing better than a cool shower, be it after a really hot day, or after a hard workout, or even if you just want to jolt yourself awake after a poor night of sleep.
There are other times in life when a cold shower is a very unpleasant surprise.
If the latter occurs to you, it points to a very clear problem with your water heater, but does it mean it’s time for a system upgrade? It may or may not, depending on a few factors.
If you’re beginning to notice problems with your water heater though, the best thing you can do is contact our team to inspect the system. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that it’s time for you to at least consider replacing your current water heater.
Your Water Heater Is Old
Age should absolutely be taken into consideration when it comes to your home comfort systems. if your water heater has reached 10-15 years of age, it’s probably going to need replacement sooner rather than later.
Newer systems–even in just the last 5 years–will perform more efficiently and effectively by nature than a system from the early 2000s!
The Tank Has a Leak
There are two lines of defense in the tank of a standard water heater–there’s a glass lining, and then there is the anode rod that absorbs the rust and corrosion that the tank would otherwise absorb.
The anode rod does need to be replaced every several years, and the glass lining starts cracking as well. This eventually allows water to leak through and start corroding the metal lining of the tank itself.
When this happens, you will see water leaking from the tank–there is no repairing this problem and it means you need to replace the system. Now, there is one caveat here… if you see water leaking from the pressure relief valve in a dripping manner, this is normal. It should still be checked, but you don’t need to worry about the tank itself.
Visible Signs of Rust or Corrosion
This goes hand in hand with seeing a leak coming from the tank of your water heater. At a certain point, after years of wear and tear, corrosion might start impacting the tank itself.
You may notice the actual system or pipes leading into and out of the system looking rusty. Alternatively, you might see discolored water coming out of your hot water tap.
Frequent Repair Needs
If your water heater has started needing repairs quite frequently (for instance, a couple of times a year), this is a sign that your water heater is on its last leg. Most of the time, it’s more cost-efficient for homeowners to replace their system at this point rather than continuing to pay for repairs.