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Aug 23 2022

How to Know It’s Time to Get a New Water Heater

Having a functioning water heater greatly impacts multiple aspects of your daily routine. It allows you to take a hot shower, wash clothing, and clean your dishes. In addition, water heaters can help you conserve energy in your home. Water heaters are essential to have in your home for their many benefits. If your water heater is not working properly, it can cause great distress for your household and impact your ability to proceed with daily activities. At Van Drunen Heating and Air, we’re here to help Indiana residents understand when it’s time to get a new water heater and how we can assist along the way. 

Why Do Water Heaters Stop Working?

There may be a simple solution if you’ve suddenly found yourself without hot water. Oftentimes, water heaters will stop working if a fuse has been blown or the circuit breaker has been tripped. If a fuse has been blown, it may need to be replaced. Breakers can trip if a power surge occurs or another electrical issue is present. If the breaker has tripped, it can often be resolved by turning the breaker off and back on again. It’s not uncommon for water heaters to need minor repair and maintenance to fix issues.

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Water Heater?

Aside from minor maintenance needs, there are other times when your water heater needs to be replaced entirely. The following are indicators that it’s time to replace your water heater:

  • How Long You’ve Had Your Water Heater

While there’s no set timeline on how old a heater must be to be replaced, most experts agree that a water heater will last around 10-15 years. However, as long as your water heater works properly, it may last longer than this timeframe. Be mindful of the age of your water heater to know if it’s likely that it needs to be replaced. 

  • Inconsistent or Little to No Hot Water

If you’ve noticed that your water heater is quickly running out of hot water or the heat has become inconsistent, it may be time to replace your heater. This could be a sign that sediments have collected on the bottom of the heater and can no longer heat the water inside. This can also increase your energy bill, as the sediment makes it more difficult for the water to heat up properly. 

  • Rusty Water

If you’ve noticed rust in your water, it may be time for a replacement. Rust occurs when the anode rod, which holds materials used in preventing corrosion, begins to worsen. If signs are showing that your water is corroded, it might be time to replace your water heater. 

  • Odd Noises Coming From Your Heater

Odd noises from your water heater, such as rumbling or shaking, are usually indicators that sediment has built up in your tank. Excess sediment can also indicate that your water heater may start leaking, another sign that it might be time for a replacement. Though not all leaks automatically mean your heater needs to be replaced, it’s important to be aware of any leaking that’s occurring. 

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If you’re ready to replace your hot water heater, our team is here to help. Contact our specialists today to discuss your water heater needs.



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