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Do I Need a New Water Heater?

Posted on November 26th, 2014

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether your water heater needs a little love or is beyond repair. And because your home’s water heater is one of the most expensive parts of your plumbing system, you’ll want to get as much use out of it as possible. If you’re asking yourself, “Do I need a new water heater?” then read through the common signs below:

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Water quality issues

Problems with your water quality may indicate that you need a new water heater. Have you noticed rust or debris within your water supply? If so, then your water heater is probably on its way out. Here in Arizona, many people have hard water. When minerals build up inside of your water heater, its life can be shortened. Again, this may mean it’s time to replace your unit.

Temperature problems

If your water heater’s thermostat is set between 120 and 140 degrees, but the water doesn’t seem to get as hot as it used to, you may need a new one. Additionally, if your unit isn’t providing hot water for as long as it used to, it could be wearing out. Pay close attention to how much water you’re using and how hot it gets.


As with most things, your water heater’s age will impact its performance. According to a U.S Department of Energy study, the average lifespan of a water heater is 10-15 years. However, in Arizona, a water heater will only last about 5-7 years because of hard water. Listen for noises and pay attention to its performance to determine whether or not it must be replaced.

Still having trouble determining if you need a new water heater? Call Plumbing Medic today!

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