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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

Hot water is one of those comforts you need throughout the year, not just in the winter. Still, winter would be a terrible time for a water heater breakdown. There’s no way you want to take a cold shower in the winter. And, in some cases, pipes can even freeze.

That’s why you must be able to spot the signs that your water heater is in need of replacement. We understand that homeowners often want to keep their equipment around for as long as possible, but it’s safer and more cost-effective to replace your water heater before the equipment fails.

So how can you tell your water heater needs replacement? There are many signs that the system is close to failure. Don’t pass it off as nothing or leave the replacement until the last minute!

  • Slowing Performance, Despite Maintenance – You’ve called in technicians about the state of your water heater, but it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. If your water heater is over 15 years of age, it’s not worth keeping around. Your unit is bound to break down completely at some point, and you don’t want this to be right when you were planning on taking a hot shower!
  • Any Signs of Rust and Corrosion – When you turn on your sink or shower, do rusty-colored specks appear, or is the water discolored? This isn’t a good sign. And if it happens only when you have the hot water on, it likely indicates a problem with your hot water heater. Over time, a serious leak can occur, so call in technicians to see if you need replacement.
  • Leaks – When the actual tank starts to leak, it’s time to replace. There’s no way to slow this level of corrosion in your tank. But if the leak is coming from a valve, the water heater may be okay. Ask technicians to be sure, but shut off the water supply to the tank so it doesn’t get any worse.

Bartels Heating & Cooling offers water heater installation, replacement, and services in Hamilton, OH and throughout the area. Call us today!

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