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3 Signs Your Water Heater Is Due for Replacement

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Here in Monroe, NY, your heating system is of utmost importance, trucking along day in and day out to keep your home a cozy oasis in our brutal winter weather. Almost as important is your hot water heater. This essential system provides your home with hot water 24/7.

Just think of all the tasks in your home that depend on a steady supply of water. When something goes wrong with your water heater, it can immediately put a halt to your home comfort. That’s why water heater repairs and replacements are one of the plumbing services that we provide. Here are 3 signs that your water heater might have reached the end of its lifespan.

Lack of Hot Water

The temperature is in the single digits and you’re looking forward to a nice, hot shower to warm you up. But then the shower turns icy cold halfway through. You’ve also noticed that your clothes and dishes aren’t getting as clean. These are all signs that your water heater isn’t able to meet the demands of your household.

Although we’ll thoroughly diagnose the issue to make sure there’s not an easy fix, if your water heater is on the older side (in the 10-15 year range) a replacement may be in your future.

Signs of Rust, Corrosion, or Leaks

Does the water from your taps look slightly rusty or reddish in color? This is a sign of corrosion and is likely to occur in older water heaters. Unfortunately, a rusted or corroded water heater tank can’t be fixed. It’s impossible to stop or reverse the corrosion process in its tracks once it starts. 

Any sign of leaks is another reason for a water heater replacement. Even a small leak has the potential to become a major one. Paying for a new water heater is a lot more affordable than paying to repair the damage that can occur when a minor leak becomes a major one.

Your Water Heater Is Old

We’ve seen some outdated water heaters in our many years of servicing water heaters. Although the average lifespan of a water heater is 10-15 years, many people keep a water heater that’s past this service life around thinking that if it’s not broken, why fix it? 

Even though your old water heater is still technically working, it’s definitely not working efficiently. In the last few years of life, a water heater can really start to decline. It may spring a major leak or break down completely. 

In other words, it could become a major headache without any of the above signs. For a water heater that’s older than 15 years, we generally recommend that you have it replaced. A new model will be much more energy efficient. You won’t have to worry about unexpected breakdowns or a major leak. 

Better yet, you can plan for your replacement rather than having to make a hasty decision bourne out of the need to restore your home’s hot water as quickly as possible.

Contact Quality Heating & Cooling today for water heater replacement in Monroe, NY. It’s not a Quality job, unless it has our Quality seal. 

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