Are you debating between repairing or replacing your water heater? If you have been paying for costly repairs or noticing loud noises or leaks, it may be time to replace your water heater.

The life expectancy of a water heater is anywhere from 8 to 12 years, depending on several factors including the manufacturer, quality of installation, maintenance schedule, and water quality. If you think it’s time to replace your water heater, read over the following three signs that the experts at Precision Heating & Air look for before replacing a unit.

    1. Leaks or Water Around the Water Heater

    Leaking is a sure sign that it is time to replace your water heater. If you notice water pooling up around your water heater, this is typically a sign that it is past the repair point. Slow leaks and drips can quickly lead to more serious problems, so you should replace your water heater as soon as you notice a leak.

    2. Rumbling or Noisy Water Heater

    Sediment build-up is normal in a water heater throughout its lifetime. If you’re hearing loud noises coming from the water heater as it is heating up, the sediment has hardened which affects the efficiency and safety of the water heater.

    3. Rusty Water or Metallic Smell

    This can be a sign that the interior of your water heater is eroding and combining with your water supply. Depending on the piping used for your water heater, this could also mean the pipes are rusty. If you have rusty pipes, you will need to decide if it is more cost-effective to replace the pipes or replace the entire water heater.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

Keep your water heater running longer and more efficiently by keeping up with regular maintenance. The maintenance of a water heater is light but keeping your water heater in the best shape will help it last longer and work more effectively.

  • Drain the water heater twice a year to get rid of collected sediment that causes corrosion. This can help to increase efficiency as well.
  • Test the pressure-relief valve by lifting the valve’s handle and letting it snap back. This should release a burst of water into the overflow drainpipe. If it doesn’t, install a new valve.
  • Lower the temperature setting on the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This reduces damage to the tank caused by overheating.

What to Look for When Shopping for a New Water Heater

If you have decided that it’s time to replace your water heater, and you’re in the market for a new one, keep these four elements in mind:

  • Gallon capacity
  • Recovery rate
  • Dimensions
  • Energy efficiency ratings

Replace Your Water Heater with Precision Heating & Air

If you have been experiencing problems with your water heater, give us a call. No matter what the reason is for replacing your water heater, the expert team at Precision Heating & Air can help you find the best one for your home.

Give us a call today at (770) 758-4552 or schedule a service call online!

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