Hot water is a necessity in most homes. Whether you need to take a shower or wash the dishes, a faulty water heater can be a major hindrance. When your HVAC system is acting up, you might be wondering whether it’s better to replace your unit or have it repaired. Many homeowners end up saving money by having their water heater replaced instead of repaired, but this isn’t always possible. Here are the signs that it’s time for a replacement:
It’s Been a Few Years
How old is your water heater? Traditional tank water heaters have an expected lifespan of anywhere from eight to 12 years, and tankless models can last up to 20 years. If your appliance is nearing the end of its longevity, the risk of corrosion makes replacement a better option. Corrosion will eventually destroy your heater’s lining, which can lead to leaks and water damage.
Your Water Is Rusty
Does your hot water appear rusty when you turn on the faucet? This can be a sign of internal corrosion, often from old age or an appliance that’s in need of repair. An easy way to check is to turn on the hot-water tap. If this water is brown, then you know the issue is with your water heater. However, if your cold water is also discolored, the issue might be with your water source (typically either a well or a public water supply).
Hearing Strange Noises
No, your home most likely isn’t haunted. If your HVAC system is making unusual noises (like crackling, banging or popping), replacement might be necessary. These sounds are often caused by water heater tanks that have accumulated a layer of sediment. Hot water needs to fight to make its way through this deposit layer, which can result in an unwanted symphony. It also forces your water heater to work twice as hard, meaning you can expect high utility bills at the end of the month.
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Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater
Appliance Doctor, Incorporated is a Pennsylvania Corporation offering expert repair services to the Delaware Valley’s residents and businesses. We started in 1964 as a one-man business servicing only washers and dryers. Today, we service more than 110 different brands of refrigeration and appliance equipment across 49 different product types. Our technicians are expected to know so much information! In the 1960’s, our service area was limited to Philadelphia. Today, our service area includes all towns in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County.