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Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

October 27, 2014

Plunger the Dog here to talk to you about your home water heater. There’s the saying: out of sight, out of mind. That expression easily applies to your home’s water heater, as it’s generally tucked away in your home and not actively on your mind. That’s why I’m here to bring up a few things to watch for in your water heater that would indicate it needs to be replaced or repaired.

Old Age: How old is your water heater? This may be the most telling sign of if and when your water heater needs to be replaced. Most storage tank water heaters should have a lifetime of 10-15 years, while tankless water heaters may last over 20 years. Anything past those lifespans risk corrosion or unexpected breakdowns.

Rust: If your hot water is a reddish-brown color that would be a sign that your water heater is at the end of its life. Although, sometimes rust may indicate that the anode rod (part of the unit that is built to attract particles that can cause a tank to erode) is rusted through. This rod protects your water heater tank and may only need to be replaced.

Lower Water Temperatures:  If you notice your water isn’t as hot as it used to be, that could be an indication a repair is needed. If your water heater is older, it could also indicate it’s time to replace your water heater. Over time, parts of your water heater may become worn and replacing your tank is often the best choice.

Although water heaters are not often thought of, it’s good to keep an eye on yours. The last thing you want is to not have hot water available in your house. Dial One Johnson Plumbing offers water heater repair and replacement services in the Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding your water heater.