Has your water heater stopped performing as well as it used to? Knowing when it’s time to replace your water heater at your Corpus Christie, TX, home isn’t always easy. After all, you don’t want to spend money on a new water heater needlessly. Fortunately, water heaters give off some clear signs that let you know it’s time to shop for a replacement.
Makes Knocking Sounds
Loud noises signal sediment buildup. Eventually, sediment in the tank hardens and moves around, hitting the side or bottom of the tank. At this point, the sediment problem has probably caused irreparable damage to the tank. Replace the tank to prevent the bottom from cracking and flooding the basement or utility closet.
Leaks from the Bottom
Never ignore a leaky water heater, especially one leaking from the bottom. Water leaking from the tank’s bottom means the insides have corroded. The most common sign of a leaky tank is moisture around the base. Sometimes you might notice a puddle, but often the first sign is only a drop or two of water. At this point, no amount of plumber’s putty or wishful thinking can fix this leak. The only reasonable solution is to call a licensed plumber and get a new water heater installed.
Needs Frequent Repairs
Maintenance prevents many water heater problems and can get you more years from your appliance. Unfortunately, neglecting the water heater causes frequent repairs that eventually become overwhelming. Continuing to spend money on repairs wastes money, which you could put toward a new water heater that delivers hot water with no problems.
10 Years or Older
Water heaters have an unofficial expiration date. They don’t last forever, and most start developing problems at the 10-year mark. If yours is underperforming, needs frequent repairs and is 10 years or older, it’s time to replace your water heater.
Whether you need water heater repair, water heater installation or another plumbing service, rely on the most experienced team in town. Call Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. today to schedule a service call.
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