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Signs You Need A New Hot Water Installation

Water heaters are one of the household electronics that break down with time and should be replaced. Waiting for too long before installing a new hot water system can lead to complications like water damage. Here are some signs you need a new hot water installation.

Your Heater Is Old

Many homeowners don't know when their water heater has reached its expiration date. To determine the heater's age, look for a serial number on the sticker of the manufacturer. There is a date code and other digits to help you establish when it was made.

The average hot water system should last 8 to 12 years. However, you may have to replace your heater before this timeline. One sign that your water heater is old is when the water starts looking rusty or cloudy.

Loud Noises

Hot water systems should make little noise. However, if you notice loud or strange noises, this is a red flag. Clanging or knocking sounds means sediment has accumulated at the bottom of the tank.

When sediment accumulates in your unit, it is difficult for it to heat water. Since it takes time for the unit to heat water, it eventually wears down the metal casing and causes leaks. To avoid this scenario, you should have your tank flushed at least once a year. If you still hear the noises after flushing the water heater, the best solution is a new hot water installation.

A Leaking Water Heater

When the metal in your hot water unit heats, it expands and can create a leak. Water at the base of your water heater is a sign that there is an issue that should be addressed. To prevent water damage arising from a leaking water heater, turn off the water heater and consult a plumber. 

In most cases, a leak means your heater needs to be replaced. A leak happens when the glass lining is broken, and repairing it is more costly than a replacement.

No Hot Water

Lack of hot water is a warning sign of a failing water heater. However, sometimes you may not get hot water because of the thermostat settings. The thermostat needs to be set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

A faulty heating element can also contribute to cold water. In some cases, a water tank that is in an uninsulated place or outdoors can cause your heater not to produce hot water. This can be resolved by insulating the pipes and tank from the cold air.

For more information, contact a heating contractor in your area.