Water heater replacement is usually necessary after about ten to fifteen years worth of use. That’s the general average lifetime expected for most residential water heaters. But sometimes, these handy appliances check out a bit sooner. The reasons vary but it’s quite possible to only get a few years worth of use from a water heater before it must be replaced. Now, these are the exception but in some conditions, a water heater may fail in half its expected average lifespan.
Water Heater Replacement Signs to Look For
There are different reasons for water heater replacement. It could be that it simply doesn’t perform well. Or, if you’re involved in a property investor foreclosure clean out, you might be doing total appliance removal, including the major kitchen appliances and more. Whatever the reason for it, a water heater isn’t too difficult to remove. You’ll have to turn off the power to the unit at the main electrical breaker panel or the gas line.
Hot water on tap is one of great conveniences of modern society. In the 1800’s if you wanted a hot bath you had to warm water on a wood burning stove or over a fireplace, make multiple trips to the tub and then hope it doesn’t cool too much before you jump in. Today we just turn on the faucet and enjoy. But if your water heater is failing that bath you planned may not go so well. —The Home Depot
Then, you’ll need to let the water inside cool for at least a few hours. Once it’s no longer hot, you can then drain the tank and disconnect the water lines. You’ll need some common hand and power tools to complete disconnect the electrical connection or gas connection and plumbing. But, before you do all of this, you should know if it’s time for a water heater replacement. After all, it just might need some new parts to extend its working life. So, here are some water heater replacement signs to look for to know when it’s time to buy a new unit:
- It’s age is a telltale sign. Many water heater manufacturers actually incorporate the production date right into the serial number or model number or in a separate, conspicuous location. Generally, you’ll see the first four digits, which represent the month and year. So, if it begins with 1297, it was probably manufactured in December of 1997.
- Rusty water starts appearing. While it’s not always the case, rusty water can be a sign of a water heater going bad. This is particularly true if the rusty water only appears when you run hot water from a faucet, bathtub or shower. This means the internal tank is rusting away and the unit must be replaced.
- It makes weird noises when on. Over the years of use, sediment begins to build up on the bottom of the tank. Repeated heating, cooling, and reheating causes it to harden and the result are weird noises during operation. Eventually, the sediment will cause tiny leaks to appear.
- Water pools around the base. If you see water pooling around the base, this can be a sign the unit needs to be replaced. But, be sure to check the water lines as these might be causing the leaks. If the lines aren’t leaking, the water is coming from a failing tank inside the unit.
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