Hot water is something that is not only desirable for baths and showers, but washing dishes and clothes. A home without hot water can easily become uncomfortable, especially in the colder months. That's why you should do an assessment of your water heater periodically to ensure that it's in good shape. You should also be aware of the following reasons that you might need to seek out a new heater and have it installed.
You Don't Know How Old It Is
If you moved into your current house and the water heater was there, you may never know how long it's been there. You should be aware that, on average, many water heaters have a lifetime of 10-12 years. If you've been in your home longer than that and never purchased a new one, it is likely to expect that the water heater might not last much longer.
Rather than waiting for the heater to stop working, it might be smart to start looking at new water heaters so you don't have to worry about your current heater dying at the worst time. You can also get an idea of how a newer model heater might save you money because of better energy-efficiency standards.
You Hear Popping or Other Sounds
Noise is never a sign of anything good for your water heater. If you have been ignoring sounds for some time, or the heater has always made sounds since you've lived there, it's time to investigate the source of those sounds.
There are a number of reasons that noises might be emanating from your water heater. For instance, popping sounds might indicate an issue with the heating elements inside the heater. The elements might need to be replaced, but if the sounds have persisted for some time, there could be more serious problems that mean a new heater is something to consider.
More People Live in Your Home
Your water heater may have worked for some time without a problem, but if you've added more family members to your home, it might be time for a new water heater. More people using the bathroom and the kitchen means the existing heater will have some additional wear and tear; if it's already old, that could mean its days are numbered. A quick inspection and minor calculations by a professional can give you a better idea of whether your existing heater is going to be adequate for everyone in your house.
Experiencing any of the water heater issues described in this article is a reason to call a plumber or HVAC professional to check on your heater. If you do need a new water heater installation, they will be able to help you find an appropriate model for your home.Share