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When to Replace a Water Heater

Posted on January 10th, 2019

Just as important a role that the heart plays in the human body, the water heater plays a very significant role in your home. However, just like the heart, your unit can give way over time — but if you notice the signs early on, then you can prevent a potential problem or breakdown from occurring. So, how does one know what to look for? Here are a few signs to observe:

Residential Water Heater

Common Signs

Cold Water

As you may have guessed, one of the most common signs of a needing to replace a water heater is when the unit is only producing cold water. Granted, if your water heater is climbing up there in age, then it’s possible that it could take a little more time to get things heated — but if the water doesn’t seem to be as hot as is it once was, or remains cold, then that’s when you should think about upgrading.

Water at the Base

Another common sign is finding water around the base of your water heater. Sometimes, there is a chance that a small amount could have escaped from the unit if you were cleaning it — but if it’s a common sight, then a leaking unit could lead to some unpleasant events down the road — such as your water heater finally giving out.

Higher Energy Bills

Did you take a glance at your latest energy bill? If so, was the total much higher than it has been in the past? If that’s the case, then it’s possible that your water heater is on its last leg. Ideally, this means that your unit is working twice as hard to produce heated water and that it will eventually start to give way. If you notice a sudden spike in your bill total, then it’s probably time to call Plumbing & A/C Medic to replace your water heater.

When you need some assistance in the areas of plumbing, heating, or cooling, please contact Plumbing & A/C Medic today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians!