The average water heater lifespan is around eight - 12 years. If your tank is approaching or beyond this age, there's a good chance that you should consider replacing it. When they give out, they stop working or spring a leak that could cause serious damage to your home.
At Bob Larson Plumbing LLC, our Tacoma water heater installation team can help you determine which water heater model is best for your and your family's needs. So whether you are looking to replace your water heater with a traditional model or upgrade with a tankless installation, give our team a call!
Common Signs You Need a New Water Heater
You may need a new water heater if:
- Your Tank is Showing Signs of Rust
If you notice signs of rust on the exterior of your water heater this could mean that a crack has formed and water from inside the unit is now leaking to the outside and rusting. This can happen from either age or wear and tear of the unit having to work twice as hard to warm the water due to sediment build up on the heating coils within the tank.
- Your energy bills have increased steadily and you’re not sure why -
Having a dramatically bigger energy bill can be a good wake up call on replacing your water heater. As your water heating unit gets older, it has to work twice as hard to warm your household's water. The heating coils within your water heater can also get a build up of sediment which can also take up space in your water heater, meaning your water heater has to make hot water much more often.
- Your hot water is discolored with a reddish or brown-ish tinge to it -
If you notice that your hot water is coming out of your faucet with a brown or red'ish color, this could be due to the inside of your water heater rusting. You'll want to call us as soon as you notice this as this can quickly become a health hazard to you and your household.
- Not Enough Hot Water -
Does your shower get cold before you are done? The most common sign a water heater is failing is that it doesn't produce enough hot water.
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Minor issues such as dying heating elements, gas connection, or electrical connection problems may not necessarily warrant a total tank replacement, particularly if there are still a few years of valuable life left in your system. Our team can conduct these repairs for your system, and will always provide you with our honest, professional opinion regarding whether or not you should replace your tank or if a repair is a suitable choice at the time.
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