When to Replace Your Water Heater

New dishwasher, new fridge, new washing machine – it’s easy to recognize when it’s time to replace those. But that big, dusty water heater lurking in the back of the laundry room or basement? Not so much. Perhaps the most overlooked appliance of them all, a water heater works hard in the background to provide the right amount of hot water for a household’s needs. How do you know when it’s time to replace it? Read below to learn more.

Key Signs to Look for

The average life of a water heater is 12 to 14 years, and sometimes longer if it was properly cared for its whole life. But if your water heater is leaking or it seems like it’s not heating up like it used to, that means you’re going to need a new water heater. Other signs of needing replacement include rust-colored water coming out and rumbling noises inside when it runs.

When shopping for a new water heater, look at the tag of your current one first to determine what kind of specifications you need. Each brand, make, and model is different. Also, check the unit’s dimensions for what size will fit in the space and how many gallons it can hold. Is the unit energy efficient? How much hot water can it process? These questions are important, along with many more.

Need Help with a New Water Heater?

If you have a hunch it’s time to replace your water heater, give us a call at Accurate Plumbing Solutions for sound advice.


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