When to Replace a Water Heater

Water heaters can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of water heater you have and if it was properly maintained. But like any appliance, they will wear out over time and need to be replaced. Waiting too long to replace your water heater can lead to cold showers and costly problems like water damage. To help you avoid these problems, the professional plumbers from Roto-Rooter in Springfield, MO, are here to explain a few signs that indicate your water heater may need to be replaced.

Leaks
If your water heater is leaking, you will find moisture or puddles around the base of your water heater or corrosion on the side of the tank. Leaks can be caused by internal failures that are most likely irreparable and can cause expensive or dangerous problems. If you are experiencing a leak in your water heater, be sure to call your plumber immediately for emergency service.

Unusual Noises and Cloudy Water
Loud, knocking noises coming from your water heater usually indicate that sediment is building up inside your tank. Sediment buildup can also be identified by cloudy water. It can be avoided by regularly flushing the tank to remove deposits. You may need to repair or replace your water heater if the sediment has damaged the heating element, causing your water heater to remain cold.

Cold Water
If the water throughout your house remains cold or lukewarm, there may be a problem with the heating element or thermostat in your water heater. Over time, these parts will malfunction or fail. Sometimes all that’s needed is a simple repair, other times it will require a replacement. It is also possible that you have increased your household demand for hot water. If this happens, you may consider investing in a larger water heater or tankless water heater.

Water Heater Replacement by Roto-Rooter Springfield, MO
If you are experiencing any of these signs and would like to speak to the professionals about your options, call Roto-Rooter in Springfield, MO, for a free estimate! We can help you decide if water heater replacement is the right option for you, or if you can get by with just a repair. Visit us online or call us at 417-409-1892 to learn more!

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