3 Signs It’s Time to Invest in a New Water Heater

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Hot water is so readily available in our modern lives that we almost take it for granted. That is, until the water heater stops working. In that moment, we all quickly remember how much we rely on this essential plumbing appliance. Here are 3 signs that you may need a new water heater:

1. No Hot Water

If you turn on your sink and notice the hot water is cold, you may have a problem. Before you jump to conclusions, it’s a good idea to check a few things: If you have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light isn’t out. If you have an electric water heater, check that the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped off. If neither of these are the problem, it may be time to call the plumber.

2. Warm Water

If your hot water never gets more than lukewarm, you might have a heating element that is failing. You can try to compensate by adjusting your thermostat to set hot water temperature between 120 to 140 degrees. Temperatures lower than this might result in warm water only. When in doubt, call a plumber.

3. Rust, Sand or Mud in Your Water

If you turn on the hot water in your sink or shower and notice the initial water flow is rust-colored, your older water heater could be rusting from the inside out. You may even notice specks of sediment and sand coming out of the faucet. If this happens, your water heater may be approaching the end of its useful life.

A well-maintained water heater should provide about 10-15 years of consistent performance before they start to wear out. Like all appliances, you may get more or less useful life than this depending on how much or how little you use it.

Do you need some help troubleshooting your hot water heater? Our pro technicians at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning are experts in the craft. Feel free to call our office to schedule an appointment with a plumbing, heating, and air conditioning expert: (951) 375-6856