If you have continuous problems with your water heater, then you may need to invest in a new water heater this fall. While the initial price of a new or upgraded water heater is all in one lump sum, a more efficient water heater can end up saving you money in energy bills and paying you back little by little for investing in a more reliable unit.
Clues it is time for a new water heater:
- If your water heater stops producing hot water, then you may need repairs. A professional technician will inspect your water heater and assess it for repairs needed or advice you to replace the unit. It may be that you just need a new heating element, or you have a problem with your pilot light staying lit.
- If you have an older unit that is a hassle, a new water heater will also come with a new warranty and the peace of mind that you have an efficient piece of equipment to get you through the colder months.
- Rust is a problem with water heaters that aren’t maintained regularly. If you see a brown tint in your hot water, then your tank is rusty on the inside. Once you have rust in your tank, you’ll need a new one.
- If your water heater doesn’t produce enough hot water for your household, it may be that you have a tank water heater that is too small. You could also have sediment in your tank that makes it harder for your hot water to stay at the right temperature.
- Sediment will also cause noises that rumble or bang inside your water heater. Sounds are a good indication that you need to have your tank flushed and possibly replaced.
- If you have a leak in your water heater tank, consider draining it and replacing it right away. The amount of water that is in your water heater can leak onto your flooring and ruin it and even damage walls and furnishings.