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5 Signs You’re Going to Need a New Water Heater Installation

by | Mar 12, 2018

Long Island Boiler Repair

Do you need new water heater installation? You can have a house without a washer and dryer. You can have a house without a dishwasher. You can even have a house without an air conditioner in regions where the temperature usually doesn’t go above 75 F. However, the one appliance that every modern residence absolutely must have is the water heater. The modern water heater allows you to cook, clean, and bathe in hot water and to supply your other household appliances that rely on hot water to function properly. Because water heaters are installed when a home is constructed and universally passed on when a home is sold, most people tend to think of the water heaters as a permanent part of the house like the roof or a fireplace.

However, no matter how important the water heater is to your home, it is still an appliance which means eventually it will wear down, break, and need to be replaced. When this happens, you will need to plan for a whole new installation of this deeply entrenched home appliance. How do you know when it is finally time to replace your water heater? Many homeowners do not even have any idea how old the current water heater is because it came with the house. Fortunately, we have a quick, helpful outline of the clearest signs your water heater is approaching the end of its life.

Rust In the Water

Rust in your tap water can come from a lot of sources. It can come from the municipal pipes that lead to your house water, aging pipes inside your own walls, or from the water heater itself. Rust comes from the water heater if the inside has begun to rust away which is always a bad sign. If you are seeing yellow to red discoloration in your water, taste something bitter, or have spotted little red flakes floating in the glass, this is rust. A good way to tell if this is the water heater is to compare the color of all-cold water and fresh hot water. If the cold water has fewer flecks, it is likely that your water heater is the culprit and new water heater installation is needed.

Sounds of Rumbles and Banging

The water that runs through your home is not exactly pure. There are always small safe to drink particles that make it through the water treatment plant, and your water may have picked up a few flakes of decaying pipe along the journey. All these little flecks tend to separate when the water is heated and sink to the bottom. This becomes known as sediment and ideally should be flushed out of your water heater once or twice a year. However, most homeowners do not even know sediment exists so this task builds up to the point where it can damage and kill a water heater.

You know sediment is getting to a critical point when you start hearing rumbling and banging sounds from the water heater. This is related to that solidifying mass heating up, expanding, cooling and contracting with the heating cycles of the water heater.

Leaks and Puddles

Speaking of expansion and contraction with heat, sometimes your water heater will develop a small leak or fracture in the metal that will get bigger with heat and might even close up when cooled. Leaks and fractures can be the result of a number of things from an impact in the past to weak metal that is constantly changing size with head and cold. After your water heater has sprung a leak and you begin noticing moisture and puddles around it, new water heater installation has become an inevitability though sometimes homeowners go for months before the leak becomes noticeable.

Not Enough Hot Water

Have you started to notice that your hot showers are getting shorter and shorter based on the supply of hot water? Alternatively, you may have noted that the water never quite gets hot enough anymore. This is another symptom of built-up sediment in the bottom of the water heater. This solid layer of slowly melting and reforming debris takes up space in your water heater reducing the amount of hot water that can be held. It can also get between the water and the lower elements preventing the water from heating properly.

Age of the Water Heater

Finally, water heaters are only meant to last about a decade each even in the best circumstances which means you need to know the age of your water heater. Fortunately, this is something anyone can figure out if you know the code. Find your water heater serial number which should be printed on a sticker on the outside of the unit. It looks something like E035567891, and the first three digits are what matters.

Here, the alphabet letter equals the month, so E = 5 = May. The following two numbers are the year so our sample serial number suggests a water heater manufactured in May 2003 which would mean that your water heater is five years overdue for a replacement. No wonder it is been acting up. For more information about new water heater installation tips and services, contact Waterheaters.com today.