The weather has taken a turn towards the chilly which had made those warm showers that much more enjoyable. If you have a bad water heater though you might expect a warm shower but get a lukewarm or cold one instead. This may not be a huge problem for someone in their 20s or 30s but a lack of hot water can end up being a little more dangerous for small children or elders.
When something is wrong with your water heater, you shouldn’t ignore it. Instead, reach out to a technician who has experience with diagnosing and addressing issues with water heaters in Ontario, CA. This is especially true if you need to replace your old, failing water heater before it completely stops working.
How To Tell Your Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced
When you have a system in your house that doesn’t function correctly anymore, whether it is a laundry machine or an air conditioner, you wouldn’t want to keep that system around. you’d replace it with one that works. The same applies to your water heater. There is no point in trying to force your water heater to provide hot water when it is no longer capable of doing so. Here are the warning signs that you need to reach out to start your water heater replacement:
- Your system is producing lukewarm or cold water. A water heater that can’t produce reliable amounts of hot water isn’t going to be worth keeping around because it will only worsen. If your system has only been able to produce lukewarm water or has been dropping into only offering cold water, it is time to schedule a replacement.
- The water heater has a tank that is leaking. Leaks in your water heater are often in the connections or pipes that the system uses to deliver the hot water. However, if your system has developed corrosion in the tank and has sprung a leak in the tank, it means that you need to replace it.
- Energy bills are way too high. Your water heater accounts for a large amount of your home energy use. If you have noticed that your energy bills are spiking unnecessarily, it may be due to your water heater struggling to do its job. If you have noticed that hot water has become too expensive, reach out to a professional for service.
- Your water heater is over 15 years old. Every system out there has a lifespan. Once it reaches the end of its lifespan you may be able to get a little extra time out of your water heater but pushing it too far will only end up costing you extra cash and comfort. When your water heater reaches that 15-year mark, even if it seems to be operating well, it is a good idea to plan for a replacement in the near future.
Do you need a new water heater? You can turn to Sweetwater Plumbing for your water heater services. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job! Contact us today.