Hot water is a necessity you shouldn’t have to do without. While
water heaters can last for 10-20 years or more, all water heaters will
eventually require replacement. Spotting the signs that you may soon need
a new water heater in Omaha can help you take action before your current
water heater fails, allowing you the time to select the best new water
heater for your needs and preventing a complete breakdown that leaves
your home without hot water.
Dirty Hot Water
If you notice dirt or rust in the water coming from your hot water tap,
it’s a sign that your water heater needs some kind of attention.
Over time, mineral deposits inside the tank of your water heater can cause
corrosion, leading to leaks that will require you to replace your water
heater. If your water heater is less than ten years old, it’s important
to talk to your plumber about maintenance to
prevent mineral buildup inside the tank, such as regular flushing and replacement of the anode rod inside the
tank. However, dirty or rusty water produced in an older water heater
may be a sign of widespread deterioration that regular maintenance can
no longer address.
Banging or Rumbling
Rusty or dirty water isn’t the only indication of excessive buildup
inside your water heater. Banging and rumbling noises coming from your
water heater as it works are another sign of mineral buildup inside the
tank. Even if your hot water appears clear, your water heater’s
tank may still have developed a significant layer of mineral deposits
that can make it harder for your water heater to work and leave the metal
of the tank brittle and prone to cracks or leaks. While banging and rumbling
can sometimes be improved with water heater maintenance, the presence
of these sounds in the first place indicates that your water heater is
aging past its prime.
Limited or No Hot Water
The very purpose of your water heater is to provide hot water for all your
home’s needs. Thus, if you are having trouble getting enough—or
any—hot water from your water heater, it may be a sign that replacement
is needed. Only a professional plumber can assess the condition of your
water heater and determine whether repairs or replacement is needed. Even
if your water heater can be repaired, it’s also important to consider
your water heater’s age. The money it would cost to repair a water
heater that is well over a decade old may be better spent by purchasing
a new appliance with a completely clean slate and higher energy efficiency,
offering plentiful hot water at lower operational cost and with none of
the wear and tear your current water heater possesses.
Do you think it’s time for a new water heater in Omaha? You can reach
an experienced plumber to discuss your water heating needs when you
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Our blog also offers more helpful information about plumbing maintenance and the
signs that you could use the expertise of a professional plumber.