Being 10 Was Fun for You - But It\'s Not for Your Water Heater - Image 1

Oh…to be 10 again! It was a carefree time full of family, friends, and fun.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the average water heater, which only lasts about 10 years. Consider a replacement if you notice any of these issues.

Leaks or water on the floor – You may be tempted to have the unit repaired and try to squeeze out a few more months of use. But think twice. If your water heater is getting up there, the money would be better spent on a new unit. Check the rating plate or sticker on the front to confirm its age.

Rusty water – Discolored hot water is a symptom of corrosion in the water heater’s tank and will eventually result in a leak. Rust in your cold water could be caused by an issue in the pipes. Either way, you should get it checked out.

Noises – Quiet ticking and other small noises are normal, but not rumbling, banging, or knocking. (It shouldn’t sound like there’s a drumline in your utility room!)

Waiting and cranking – Do you have time to load the dishwasher while waiting for the water to get hot? Or need to crank the faucet all the way up? These are signs your water heater isn’t working efficiently and is on its last legs.

Rising utility bills – When your water heater slows down, it takes more water to get the same result and you end up paying in the form of higher utility bills.

The best way to prevent issues like these is to schedule an annual inspection for your water heater, just like you do for the furnace. The professionals at East End Plumbing will visit at your convenience, can usually repair minor problems on the spot, and will let you know when it’s time to think about a replacement.

We can also recommend the best new water heater for your needs and handle the installation from start to finish.

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