Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

Your water heater is a crucial part of your daily winter routine, which is why you need to make sure that it’s in top condition and is replaced when needed. In this blog, local plumber and HVAC services provider McLay Services, Inc., shares insight on how to tell if it’s time to replace your water heater.

Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

A typical water heater is expected to last about 10 years. Even if you have one that’s over 10 years old and is still going strong, you should still make preparations and talk to your heating company about getting it replaced. After all, the last thing you need is for your water heater to unexpectedly break down when repair contractors have limited availability.

In addition to its age, there are some other signs that may indicate you need a new water heater:

  • It’s not heating water to the desired temperature — The whole point of having a water heater is having access to hot water when you need it. If it’s not heating your water to the desired temperature despite performing the prescribed troubleshooting from the user’s manual, then you should look into getting a new one.
  • You often run out of hot water — If your morning routine includes fighting for who gets to use the shower first, consider getting a bigger tank or a secondary unit. Better yet, think about upgrading to a tankless heater. A tankless water heater in a cold climate is the perfect choice because it provides hot water on demand, so whether you’re sharing the shower with 2 or 12 other people, you know you’ll always have hot water.
  • It’s making rumbling, popping or clicking noises — Noises such as these usually occur when the tank isn’t flushed out as it should be. Eventually the sediment buildup will become so bad that the only recourse is to have the heater replaced.

Call McLay for Your Plumbing and Heating Needs

Be certain to hire a professional plumbing contractor to service, repair and/or replace your water heater. McLay provides solutions to almost any heating or cooling problem that you could search online, such as an outdoor tankless water heater freezing. Give us a call at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in La Verne and nearby areas.

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