Water heaters can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. One minute it’s doing its job, and the next it could be flooding your whole house causing more damage than you could have ever imagined. A big disadvantage that comes with water heaters in general is that you cannot see the inside of the tank, so knowing when to replace your water heater can be tricky. But you have two choices; you can either replace your water heater on a reactive or proactive basis…personally, we recommend being proactive! Here are some proactive indicators to look for:
1) Age is the best and most common way to determine when a replacement is needed. Water heaters come in two basic forms, electric and gas. From our experience, electric water heaters usually last anywhere between 15-18 years. Gas water heaters, on the other hand, usually last between 10-15 years.
2) Debris coming from the city/county water supply can cause build up in water heaters over time, which causes the water heater to work harder to heat the water. The debris ends up being heated before the water. Over time, your water line can galvanize. When this happens, the water line can begin to scale and the debris from the lines can again cause build up to occur in water heaters.
3) When hot water has a brownish/redish tent this is a sure sign that the inside of the tank has rusted is full of debris and the water heater needs to be replaced or flushed.
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