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How to Tell Your Water Heater Is About To Give Up

No one likes the idea of trying to enjoy a warm shower only to be hit by a blast of cold water. This may be a highly effective way to wake up but it is an uncomfortable way to start the day, to say the least. This is avoidable by staying on top of system maintenance and repairs in most cases. However, these services aren’t always enough.

After years of hard work, your water heater may be ready to give up. This means that you will end up with a system that refuses to operate no matter how many repairs it gets. The best thing to do is replace your water heater ahead of time to avoid this situation of course. The question is, how do you know when you need to invest in a new water heater in Birmingham?

We can give you the details below.

These Signs Mean You Need a New Water Heater

Not sure if the repairs and maintenance are cutting it anymore? You might need to replace your water heater if so. Here are some key indicators that the time has come for a new system.

  • The water heater could get a driver’s license. Okay, we know this can vary based on the state you are in. However, in most cases, this refers to an age of 15-16 years. If your water heater is around that age range or beyond it, you should get a replacement system.
  • The system has started to produce discolored water. You don’t always see rusty-colored water but when you try to get hot water, things take on a reddish hue. Rust-colored water, or water that tastes or smells metallic, are indicators of corrosion within your system which makes it likely that you need a new system.
  • Hot water only lasts for a brief period. You turn on a hot water tap and you get hot water but you need to move fast because it will be gone in five minutes or less. That isn’t right. Unless there is pretty intense demand, your hot water supply should last for a good long while. If it doesn’t it means your water heater can’t keep up anymore.
  • Water pressure has gotten weaker. When you try to get hot water, have you noticed that your supply is less than expected? What we mean is that the pressure of the waterflow is weaker than before. This may be due to leaks or build-up in the system slowing down the heating and distribution process.
  • You find signs of a leak on the water heater. Leaks don’t always spell doom for a water heater…unless they are on the tank of the system. If this is the case, it means corrosion is eating away at your system from the inside. This unfortunately isn’t something anyone can fix and it means you need a new system.

When something seems wrong with your water heater, don’t hesitate to call us. The experts on the team at Douglas Cooling & Heating can assess your system and figure out what you need to get things working again.

Call or click to schedule an appointment for your water heater today.

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