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Is your water heater making strange noises? Or is your water heater tank leaking? If yes, then this could be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced, especially if these problems persist despite repeated repairs.

Get your water heater inspected by one of our technicians at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning to determine whether you need water heater repair or replacement. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 457-9028 (VA Customers) or (301) 686-7129 (MD Customers).

What Causes a Hot Water Heater to Go Bad?

Before identifying the signs that indicate a hot water heater is failing, it is important to understand the reasons behind its deterioration. Hot water heaters typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years. The reasons for a hot water heater to fail can vary, such as the depletion of anode rods, corrosion or leakage in metal tanks, malfunctioning heating elements, and so on. In some cases, replacing a specific part can fix the issue, but if the problem persists, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire unit, especially if the current unit has been in use for over a decade.

How to Tell if You Need a Water Heater Replacement?

It is important to pay attention to the signs of water heater replacement because a failing water heater can lead to costly repairs and potential damage to your home. Additionally, an old and inefficient water heater can also lead to higher energy bills. By paying attention to the signs and replacing your water heater before it fails, you can prevent these issues and ensure that you have a reliable source of hot water. Here are some common water heater replacement signs you must pay attention to.

  • Heating Tank Water Leakage: A water leak from the heating tank is a sign that your hot water heater is failing. This can manifest as dripping water from the tank or pooling under the unit, or as dripping pipes. Loose connections or valves that are not fully closed may be the cause and can be easily fixed. However, if the tank itself is leaking, replacement of the water heater is necessary.
  • Old Water Heater: If your hot water heater is old, it may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Look for a label on the unit with the installation date, or research the brand name and serial number to find the date of manufacture. Upgrading to a newer, ENERGY STAR-rated unit can save you money on energy costs and may take up less space.
  • Lack of Hot Water: If you find yourself running out of hot water quickly, it may be due to a buildup of sediment in the tank. This sediment reduces the amount of space available for hot water and can be a sign that the water heater is going bad. If the sediment accumulation is severe, it may no longer be possible to flush it out and the valves may become clogged and corroded. Consider replacement of the unit, and possibly a switch to a tankless water heater.
  • Irregular Water Temperature: Inconsistent water temperature in the shower can be a sign that the hot water heater is failing. The problem may be caused by a faulty thermostat, which can be replaced, or by broken heating elements. Consider the age of the unit and whether replacement with a newer, energy-efficient model would be cost-effective.
  • Discolored Water from Taps: Discolored water from faucets, such as murky or rusty water, is a common sign of a failing hot water heater. The tank of the water heater has a coating that slows corrosion, but this coating can wear away over time. If rust is forming, it can discolor appliances and damage their parts, and may indicate that the unit needs to be replaced. Replacing the anode rods or flushing the system may also help.
  • Strange Sounds from Water Heater: Unusual noises from the water heater can be a sign that the heating element is breaking, but can also be caused by clogging from sediment or mineral deposits, poor water flow or changing water pressure, or loose valves or connections. Our professional can flush the system and determine the cause of the noise.
  • Reduced Water Pressure: Low water pressure in the home can be a sign that the hot water heater is failing, as sediment builds up faster in low-pressure systems. Hard water can also clog systems faster than soft water. Low water pressure from the taps may indicate significant buildup in the hot water heater and connections, and early maintenance can help extend the life of the unit.

Why Is DIY Water Heater Replacement Considered a Bad Idea?

Installing a water heater on your own in order to save money can cost you more than hiring a professional as it can lead to the system getting damaged. More importantly, a DIY water heater involves handling electrical components that pose potential risks and can cause harm to the person attempting the installation. Also, many homeowners lack the knowledge of current housing codes and proper installation methods, which can lead to improper installation.

While It is possible for a homeowner to install a hot water heater, it is not advisable due to the potential risks involved and the lack of expertise required. It is best to leave the installation to ourprofessionals to ensure it is done correctly and safely, in order to avoid any potential harm to you and your family.

How to Avoid a Premature Water Heater Replacement?

If you want to avoid a premature water heater replacement ensure that your schedule regular water heater maintenance. Pay attention to the early signs of water heater repair and most importantly, get your water heater serviced by a licensed professional.

If you are looking for a licensed water heater expert to get in touch with us at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 457-9028 (VA Customers) or (301) 686-7129 (MD Customers).

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