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Can Your Water Heater Keep up this Winter?

Can Your Water Heater Keep up this Winter?

To make sure your water heater keeps up this winter, you need to watch for the signs that you may need to replace yours.

In Western New York, we are no strangers to winter. One thing that we rely on the most in our homes, when it is frigid outdoors, is having hot water to help us get warm. Your Western New York home’s water heater is one of the most crucial aspects of your Hamburg home’s plumbing and is the difference between you taking a comfortable shower or not. During the winter months more people tend to be in and out of our homes and that means that our water heaters are used more often. Can your water heater keep up this winter?

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

The average lifespan of a water heater is around 10 years. While water heater annual maintenance and upkeep can help you extend the life of your water heater by several years; as with all things, your water heater is bound to quit working at some point. There are few things worse than being without hot water when it is cold outside and the added usage during the winter months, can lead to just that.

To make sure your water heater keeps up this winter, you need to watch for the signs that you may need to replace yours. Let’s review.

You have no hot water or it seems to last less than it used to. The most obvious indication that your hot water heater is having issues, is if there is no or scarce hot water. This is a sign that you may need to invest in a new water heater because yours will not be able to keep up all winter. Water heaters get worse at heating water as they age, and they also lose capacity, due to sediment buildup that happens over time.

There are new odd sounds coming from your unit. New sounds coming from any of your home appliances is usually never a good sign. This is also true when it comes to your hot water heater. If your water heater is making cracking and popping sounds, it may be an indication that you need to get a new hot water heater, as its nearing the end of its operational lifespan.

You notice puddles or leaks around your water heater. Your water heater will not be able to keep up this winter if it is leaking. Slight fractures and cracks can develop over time as the metal tank repeatedly expands and contracts with heat. Slow drips and leaks can quickly escalate. If you notice water around your unit, call a Western New York water heater professional right away.

Your water is a rusty color. If your water is no longer clear, that could indicate a problem.Water, plus metal, will eventually equal corrosion, leading to rust. With natural gas heaters, this sediment can cause uneven heating on the tank that eventually causes leaks. With electric heaters, scaling can burn out the lower heating element. In both, sediment buildup can clog the drain valve.

Can your water heater keep up this winter? If you have noticed one or several of the signs above that your water heater is on its way out, the answer is likely, “No”. Also, if you have had to have your water heater repaired more often recently, that can signal that the end of your unit is looming.

No one wants to be without hot water, especially during the winter months, and that’s why Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is standing by, ready to help. Call us for water heater repair. We’re available day or night.