Do I Need a New Water Heater?

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A water heater is a substantial investment, and like any investment, you want to ask the right questions ahead of time before proceeding with the purchase. Are you wondering whether or not it might be time to replace your water heater? Well, there are some things you should be paying attention to. Indeed, you may need a new water heater, but otherwise, all you might need is a minor adjustment or maintenance. Here are some surefire signs that it’s time to install a brand new water heater for your home.

Color and Taste of Your Hot Water

When you turn on your shower or start to run a bath and the water is not a normal color, that’s not a good sign for your water heater. No one wants to bathe in rusty or mud-colored water. That’s both unsanitary and unappealing. When the water is gritty or has bits of sand in it, you likely have a buildup of sediment in the tank that’s finally beginning to come out in your water. If you’re in the shower and the water smells or tastes metallic, you should have the heater inspected or automatically replaced right away. It’s a sign that the coating inside the water heater is starting to break down, and adding metallic particles to your water supply.

How Old Is Your Water Heater?

You may not know exactly, but if you believe your water heater is older than 15 years, it is past its intended lifespan. At this time it would be in your home’s best interests to replace it. If you are dealing with repair after repair, have a lack of hot water (due to an inability to reach the heat level you’ve set), or if it makes irregular noises, then age might be getting the better of it. Water heaters are usually built to last between 8–12 years. Keep that in mind, and if you plan on staying in your home for the long haul, it might be the best choice to replace it.

Do You Often Experience Leaks?

If the answer to this question is “yes,” then this should be the final deciding factor. If you say yes, you should absolutely replace your water heater. Leaks are never good – they mean that the tank is gradually breaking down. That process will only end in an eventual major flood, one with the potential to cause large-scale water damage. There could even be damage done before then with a smaller repeated leak, which is a nuisance to clean up over and over. If you frequently experience leaks, it’s time to replace your home water heater.

Call Liberty Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Today

At Liberty Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we are experts in water heater maintenance, repairs, and replacement. If you have any questions, or think you might need a new water heater, call us today at (951) 760-4215. We service the Murrieta and Winchester area, and we’re here for you!