How To Tell If You Need A New Hot Water Heater

Most people are clueless when it comes to replacing their water heater. They know only when it fails. However, there are signs that could help you identify that it’s time to replace your water heater. Here are some obvious signs.

Signs That a Hot Water Heater Needs Replacing

Age – Has It Been Heating Water For 10+ Years?

The most crucial thing to know about your water heater is its age. An old water year that has lived for 10 years should be considered for replacement. If you don’t remember when you bought the water heater, you can look for a manufacturing date using the serial number.

Reading a serial number for the manufacturing date is easy. Usually, the first letter represents the month and the next two digits are the year the heater was manufactured. So if your serial number starts with something like “B09”, then it was manufactured in February 2009. “B” is the second letter which means its the second month in a calendar year i.e. February.

Condition – Are You Hearing Rumbling Sounds?

Another replacment hint is noises. You can tell by standing close to your water heater and listening sounds. Are there rumbling sounds and noises you hear? If that’s the case, it could be time to replace the heater.

When water heaters start making these sounds, it means the sediments inside have hardened. It will consume more energy and cause higher bills. Also, this can lead to a damaged metal tank and numerous small leaks over a period of a few weeks. So be sure to plan a replacement in near future if you hear these noises.

Water Quality – Got Rusty Water?

If your hot water looks rusty, it might mean that it’s time to replace your water heater with a new one. The rust might be coming from the inside of the heater that’s rusting away.

Frequent Repairs – Are You Tired Of Calling For Service?**

Water heaters aren’t meant for lifetime use. They will eventually wear out. You might have to replace heating element this week and the thermostat next week. If you are feeling like it’s too much plumbing, it might be time to replace your water heater and enjoy peace of mind for years to come. New water heaters only require service once a year. With proper care, they will last for years. Cherry on the cake – they are extremely energy efficient.

Things To Know When Buying A New Water Heater

If your water heater is showing any of the signs above, it’s time to replace it with a new one. New Energy Star water heaters are 20% more efficient than older heaters. They can save you a lot in energy costs.

When buying a new water heater, think about the following.

  • Fuel type and cost of different fuels

  • Size of your household

  • Energy efficiency and bills

  • Your budget

You can choose from conventional storage water heaters, tankless heaters, solar water heaters, indirect water heaters and demand-type water heaters.