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Is it almost time to replace your water heater?

Posted on: October 12, 2012

Do you know how old your water heater is? As much as you rely on your water heater, for everything from cooking and cleaning to showering and washing hands, water heaters don’t last forever. And if you’re not careful, you may not notice you need water heater replacement until your floor is soaked and your water heater is completely useless! Fortunately, there are a number of warning signs you can stay on the lookout for that will let you know when your water heater is on its last legs:

Your Water Heater’s Age

Age is the biggest factor in determining your water heater’s performance. A gas water heater will last about 10 – 12 years (depending on your water quality). Electric water heaters will last about 10 – 15 years. Tankless water heaters last the longest, up to 20 years or more. Note: age is not the only factor in determining whether you need water heater replacement, but it helps to start thinking about getting a new system once your starts to get older.

Water Stains Around Your Tank

One of the biggest problems with conventional, tank-style water heaters is that debris, water scale and rust inevitably collect and build up along the bottom of the tank. While you can’t see inside your tank, you will be able to see rust colored water as some of the gunk starts affecting the water in your taps. If you notice rust colored water, or rust stains left behind in your sink or bathtub, try to flush your hot water heater or call James A. Wheat & Sons to see if you need water heater replacement.

Puddles on the Floor

This is one of the clearest signs that you need water heater replacement. Whether you’ve got a small bit of moisture around the base of the tank or a huge puddle all over the floor, a leak in your tank will only get bigger until it completely compromises your water heater. If you see any signs of leakage under your hot water heater tank, call James A. Wheat & Sons for a water heater inspection or repair, or a full on water heater replacement.

Decreased Water Heater Efficiency

Like anything else, an older water heater is not going to be as efficient as a new one. Even if your system is not on death’s door, a brand new water heater is going to significantly more efficient than a 10 – 12 year old system. At James A. Wheat & Sons, we can help you run a cost comparison that will show you just how much money you can save with the installation of a new water heater.

If your water heater is getting up there in age and you’re worried it’s about to give out, don’t stress – just call James A. Wheat & Sons! We can help you decide if your system can last a few more years or if it’s time to have a water heater replacement!