How often do you think about the larger, hidden appliances in your home? Although your AC, furnace, and water heater operate without interference most of the time, they do have an expected lifetime and maintenance requirements. Depending on brand, type, size, etc., your water heater could last anywhere from 6 to 13 years. That makes it difficult to know if you should replace it. Here are some signs you need a new water heater installation.
Making more noise
Is your water heater making noises it didn’t in the past? Are the noises getting louder with every passing month? If so, it is a pretty good idea to go ahead and start shopping for a new water heater. If the water heater is giving off a rattling sound, you may also need some of the plumbing connected to the water heater repaired.
Rusty (pink, orange, or red) water
If you start getting discolored water when running hot water from the tap, it means that your water heater has developed rust inside the tank. This is a natural consequence of the meeting of water and metal, and it is one of the main reasons water heaters have to be replaced periodically.
Decrease in heat or duration of hot water
Are your showers being cut shorter and shorter? Have you had to make a bathroom schedule so that everyone can have a hot shower? If so, your water heater isn’t operating at peak efficiency, making it work harder. A harder working water heater uses more energy, so check your heating bills for increases as well.
If it seems as though your water heater is leaking, even slightly, you need to replace it right away. The water in the tank is under pressure; and if it bursts, you will have a sudden flood of 30+ gallons of water inside your home. Don’t put off replacing your unit.