Water heaters are an essential part of your home appliances. Taking a cold shower in January is not something many people relish the idea of doing, so keeping your water heater in top shape is essential.
Unfortunately, like all appliances, water heaters have a life of 10-12 years on average. Do you need to replace your water heater? Good question. Here are a few tips to consider.
1. Repairs are creeping up – Does the water smell, leak or there is no hot water at all? It could be you need it serviced, and that is all. If you have to make several repairs, however, the heater could be on its last legs and need replacing.
2. There is the age of the unit – It may be a good idea to replace the heater before it goes out. This may seem silly to do, but it will give you a heads up before the replacement is necessary. It will also provide you with time to save and prepare for the cost of replacement.
3. Rusty water – This is absolute proof your water heater is dying. You can try draining the heater to see if the pipes are the problem, but it is likely you need a new system. It is best to make plans to replace it soon.
4. Loud noises – Strange, loud noises mean the heater has sediment in the bottom of the unit. This residue bumps the heating elements and makes noise. Sediment comes from hard water deposits with calcium being the main culprit.
5. No regular maintenance – We at Jamerson stress routine maintenance of water heaters, and we recommend servicing them at least twice a year. This includes periodic flushing and cleaning out of the heater.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does give you some idea of what you may need to do if your water heater is on its last few cycles. Be sure to contact Jamerson Appliance Repair if you do think your water heater is dying and needs replacement. We can help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Call (910) 351-0293 if you need to replace your water heater or if you have any concerns with your appliances.