Water heaters offer homeowners many benefits, like efficiency, low energy bills, reliable performance, and more. However, even the best cared for water heaters won’t last forever, and it can be hard for the average homeowner to know if their water heater needs replacing.
Are you wondering if it might be time to replace the water heater in your home around Burlington, Cumberland, and Atlantic counties? Keep an eye out for any of the indicators below that your water heater might need replacement soon.
1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old
Did you own your home the last time the water heater was replaced? If you didn’t, or even if you’ve forgotten how much time has passed, there’s an easy way to learn how old your unit is. Most manufacturers have an age calculator on their websites—just enter the serial number! Units can last up to 20 years, but the average lifespan of a well-cared for water heater is 10 – 15 years.
If your unit is 10 years old or older, it might be a good idea to reach out to a qualified water heater installation company to have your unit inspected.
2. You Frequently Find a Puddle Under Your Water Heater
In a home, dripping water is rarely a good sign, and the same is true for water heaters. A consistent drip or an accumulation of water under the unit means that your water heater is in rough shape. Even more worrisome, that leak could quickly snowball, or even cause other water-related issues.
3. Your Hot Water Quickly Turns Cold
Have your showers been getting chilly? This is a common symptom of a water heater on the fritz. Over time, normal sediment like sand and other debris can build up in your water heater, creating a barrier between the water and the heating element. While this can sometimes be flushed out, it’s impossible to know without consulting a professional first.
4. Your Water Looks Rusty
Is rusty reddish water flowing from your taps? This unappealing phenomenon can be an indicator that your water heater needs replacing. It’s fairly easy to know if your water heater is the culprit — just check if your hot water looks more rusty than your cold water. Keep a close eye on things if this occurs, as you’ll likely notice a leak from your water heater soon (if you haven’t already). If you see rust, it’s time to call a professional.
5. Your Water Heater is Making Weird Noises
Did you hear that? It’s not a ghost — those eerie noises coming from your basement could be your aging water heater. Water heaters should be nearly silent. Popping, hammering, or other similar noises are not normal, and it’s best to have your unit checked before it turns into a larger problem.
The Experts at Bovio Rubino Service Can Replace Your Water Heater
Though replacing a broken or poorly-functioning water heater can seem daunting, the truth is that it’s often smarter to replace than repair. Technology continues to improve, resulting in more efficient water heaters than ever before, and the savings in energy bills can really add up.
Are you experiencing any of the problems above? The experts at Bovio Rubino Service are skilled in assessing your water heater and helping you make the smartest and most informed decision for your New Jersey home. Give us a call!