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When Should You Get a New Water Heater?


Over the past several months, there was one system in your home you paid a lot of attention to (your heater!) But there was another system you used each and every day that you probably didn’t think about much at all, unless something went wrong with it. We’re referring to your water heater!

Just like with your furnace or central heater, your water heater deserves attention too. It operates daily, so some may argue it needs even more attention. If you haven’t had your water heater maintained in the last year, and/or your system is aging, then it’s time to consider if you need a new one. We’ve shared some signs below that it is, in fact, time for you to get a new water heater system.

Sign #1: You Notice Corrosion

There is no worse enemy to a water heater than corrosion. In a traditional tank water heater, there is a component called the anode rod that is tasked with absorbing corrosion. This anode rod must be changed out every once in a while throughout the lifespan of the system, and eventually, as the system ages it may not be enough. If you see signs of corrosion on the water heater tank, then there is likely corrosion in the water heater, too.

Sign #2: There’s a Drop in Hot Water Volume

When your water heater can’t deliver the same amount of hot water as it used to—therefore stranding members of your home with lukewarm or cold showers in the morning—it either needs repair or replacement. If your water heater is over 15 years old, then replacement is probably the answer in this case.

Sign #3: Rusty Water

Have you noticed a reddish tint in the water coming from your hot water taps? If it doesn’t stop after a minute of running the water (sometimes if you don’t use the faucet for awhile there may be some mineral buildup), then you might be looking at rust from a corroding water heater tank.

Sign #4: Extreme Age

Natural gas-powered water heaters, when well cared for, can last about two decades, and electric water heaters may last even longer than that. If yours has exceeded this age though, then it’s time to consider a replacement. Even if there are not any hugely apparent problems with the system now, today’s water heaters are much more efficient than those in the past.

Sign #5: Higher Than Average Utility Bills

When your energy bills are a lot higher than they were the same time the previous year, or in comparison to what your neighbors are paying, then it’s a sign that you have some system in your home not working as efficiently as it used to. It could very well be the water heater to blame.

The best way to find out is by contacting our professionals so we can do an inspection and let you know what the next best step would be, whether it is water heater replacement, or maybe even water heater repair.

For professional water heater installation and much more, contact Brown’s Heating & Cooling today!

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