Signs of a Damaged Water Heater That May Need Replacement


When Is It Time to Replace the Water Heater?

Water heater damage is not always visible to the naked eye. If there are no obvious leaks or a lack of hot water, many homeowners assume their water heater is working as usual and isn’t at risk of breaking down. To prevent cold showers and a broken down water heater, homeowners should keep an eye out for signs water heater replacement is needed and not neglect it. 

Odd Smells and Appearance of Hot Water

corrosionIf the hot water coming from fixtures is discolored, cloudy looking, or has a strange odor, it may need to be replaced. A metallic smell and cloudy or rusty-looking water can be a sign of water heater corrosion. Corrosion, while common, is a serious problem for the water heater. 

Once corrosion and rust have built up over time, this may cause water to take on a reddish brown tint and odd smell. The destruction of metal from corrosion jeopardizes the entire water heater tank and can lead to frequent leaks and problems, so it often requires the water heater to be replaced.

Chilly Showers or Hot Water Runs Out Quicker

cold shower If household members must take shorter showers since hot water runs out quicker than it used to or there are any other water temperature problems, it results from water heater problems. It’s important to catch this problem early on, as neglecting these issues can cause the issue to get worse if it doesn’t need replacing already.

When water can only reach lukewarm temperatures, or there’s a decrease in hot water, it can indicate several problems with the water heater. There may be sediment buildup in the tank affecting the temperature, meaning water heater maintenance is needed, including flushing the hot water tank, or it could be a more serious problem requiring replacement. A plumber can inspect the unit and determine the best solution. 

Water Heater Is at the End of Its Lifespan or Needs Repairs Too Often 

Other signals that it’s time for water heater replacement are if it’s towards the end of its life expectancy or needs frequent repairs. When a water heater requires multiple repairs in a short period, it’s more cost-effective to replace it with a new energy-efficient water heater, especially if it’s older, as replacement will be needed soon anyway. 

Additionally, water heaters become more inefficient as they age and are more at risk of breaking down and needing replacement anyway, so it’s best to replace them before they break down entirely and the household loses hot water. Once storage water heaters are over 10 years old, it’s time to consider a replacement. On the other hand, tankless water heaters last longer, around 20 years, so replacements are needed less frequently. If it’s nearing that age, it’s time to consider a tankless water heater replacement. 

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