A water heater is a necessity for any home, and it works all throughout the year no matter the weather. Think about how often you need hot water in your home on a daily basis and you’ll start to understand how much stress your water heater goes through.
This is why you need to give serious consideration to replacing your water heater after enough years have gone by and the system is showing signs that it’s starting to lag. Below we’re going to look a bit more at the age of a water heater and the warnings that it’s time to replace it.
The water heater’s age
The standard gas-powered storage tank water heater can last between 10 to 15 years, provided it receives regular maintenance each year. Once a water heater is older than 15 years, it is at increasing risk of corrosion and leaking, plus drops in energy efficiency. Get ahead of the problem with a new water heater.
Decline in hot water volume
Are people in your household starting to go with lukewarm showers in the morning when this never was a problem previously? This drop in the amount of hot water available from the water heater is one of the strongest signs that it’s time to get a new one.
Rising energy bills around the year
If you’ve found that your utility bills are starting to climb, and not just during periods when you are running the AC or heater on a regular basis, one of the places to look is the water heater. A water heater accounts for a large percentage of a home’s energy use, so installing a more efficient unit can make a huge difference.
Any sign of rust or other types of corrosion on a water heater tank is something to have professionals look into immediately. In many cases, the best route forward is to replace the corroding water heater.
Red Rock Mechanical LLC has served Northwest Vermont and the Plattsburgh NY area for over 23 years. Contact us to arrange for water heater services.