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4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

These days, it’s easy to take a lot of things for granted. Aspects of our daily lives such as hot water, a dishwasher, and laundry appliances are commonplace, and we expect them to be available regardless of thinking about what makes them function. However, everything previously listed relies on a water heater. When your water heater is running at optimal capacity, you have nothing to worry about. But, when there is a problem you must ask yourself an important question: do I have to replace my water heater? There are typically tell-tale signs along the way, and we’re here to cover a few of them.

1.) High Energy Bills


The older your water heater, the more energy is required to keep the system up and running. In a lot of cases, a water heater can account for upwards of 25% of your home’s overall energy use. If you have been noticing your energy bills continually creeping higher, it might be time to examine your water heater for issues. Luckily, new water heater models offer energy efficient options, which will help lower your monthly energy bill.

2.) Less Hot Water


Is your morning shower leaving you feeling cold, or lukewarm, instead of hot? This too is a sign of a potential water heater issue. A common problem with water heaters is sediment buildup, which can happen more frequently as the water heater ages. Limescale and other minerals form along the sides of the tank and burner when water is heated. If those minerals do not get filtered out of the water heater, they begin to form a sediment barrier that will settle on the burner. This can seriously impact the performance of your water heater, and might call for a full replacement.

3.) Leakage and Rust


This warning sign requires a visual inspection, particularly around the base, fittings, and plumbing connections. Upon taking a look, if you see any water, corrosion, or sludge, then you likely have a leaking water heater. A leaking water heater requires professional help, and could result in, unfortunately, having to replace it.

4.) Age


The typical life span of a water heater lies between 8 and 12 years, but sometimes they can last nearly 2 decades. However, a water heater almost 2 decades old is begging to be replaced. If your heater falls within the usual 8 to 12 years, it might be in your best interest to replace it as opposed to repairing it, and then having to replace it shortly after. The older a water heater gets, the less efficient it becomes and the more prone to failure it will be.


These are some of the warning signs you should be on the lookout for as your water heater ages. Being proactive about this can help save you from dealing with a huge headache when your water heater ceases to function. For all of your water heater needs, contact Daigle Plumbing & Heating! Call us at 603-434-6353, or fill out our online contact form!

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