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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Posted: December 19, 2016

Basement water heater

Don’t wait for trouble with your water heater before you look to replace it! Watch for these signs to know if it’s time to upgrade.

  1. Age – The average conventional water heater (a water heater with a tank) lasts about 10 years. If your water tank is approaching that age, it’s time to consider replacing it.

    You can find the age of your water heater by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker – the first letter in the serial number corresponds to its month of production; the first two numbers its year of production. For example, in the serial number D092738598, “D”, the fourth letter in the alphabet, corresponds to April, the fourth month. The number “09” represents the year. The water heater was produced in April 2009.

  2. Rusty water – This is a significant indicator that your water heater is corroding from the inside, which could lead to a potential tank failure n the near future.
  3. A leak – In most cases, a leak indicates that your tank’s structure has been compromised. If you notice a leak, turn the tank’s water supply valve off and get your tank inspected as soon as possible.
  4. Rumbling sounds – Rumbling noises are caused by sediment buildup in your tank, which causes the tank to run less efficiently than it should.
  5. Hard water – Water with a high mineral content can cause lime build up, which can reduce the lifespan of a water tank and cut its efficiency.

Contact Freeman Gas today to learn about conventional and tankless water heater options that meet your family’s needs and your budget!