Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater
As odd as it may sound, late spring/early summer is not an uncommon time for water heater repair or replacement. One contributing factor is the extra beating water heaters take during the cold Nebraska winter months. That’s when your unit is forced to heat colder water which takes extra effort and adds to the “wear and tear” factor. If yours is a newer system, you probably have nothing to worry about. But given that the average lifespan of a tank-style water heater is 10-12 years, then one of these winters might just be its last.
Other than a complete shutdown of hot water, how would you know if your system needed to be replaced? Chances are you wouldn’t. But at the first sign of trouble, that’s the perfect time to contact Zach Heating & Cooling for service. That way, we can find out exactly what’s going on and advise you accordingly.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of a water heater in need of repair or replacement.
Not Enough Hot Water
The most common sign of a failing water heater is reduced hot water supply. As water is heated in the storage tank, minerals separate and settle at the bottom. Over time, mineral deposits build up and create a barrier between the burner and the water. This means that less heat reaches the water — and just like that, your hot showers don’t last as long.
Popping or Rumbling Noises
A distinct popping noise is caused by pockets of air in the sediment layer boiling right along with the water in your tank. The tank can be flushed to help solve the problem, but that doesn’t always work. Popping, creaking, or rumbling noises often indicate the tank is on the verge of leaking. And then it’s time to replace it.
Murky and funky-smelling water are signs of a failing water heater. These symptoms result from mineral deposits that travel out of the water heater where they can even clog faucet elements that control water flow. Additionally, a cloudy orange or reddish color to your water could mean the tank or hose pipes are rusty.
Leaking Water Tank
Is water pooling beneath your tank? Corrosion inside the water tank can lead to fractures and cracks, and there’s no way to fix them. In that instance, replacement is your only option.
Knowing that 10-12 years is average equipment life for a water heater, many of our customers proactively replace theirs before trouble begins or worsens. If you’ve forgotten the installation date, jot down the serial number and name of the manufacturer from the metal tag on the unit and look it up online. Then you can make a more informed decision.
What’s the Answer?
Not every warning sign is screaming “Replace me!” – but many are.
So, when trouble comes knocking on your door – or inside your water heater – contact Zach Heating & Cooling for prompt, attentive service, all backed by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.