How Long Will Your Water Heater Last?
Traditional water heaters typically last less than 20 years, so it is likely you will need to replace at least one during your tenure as a homeowner.
Water Heater Red Flags
Most of us take running hot water in our homes for granted. But to keep that hot water flowing, it’s helpful to know what red flags to look for — the signals that your water heater is nearing the end of its life.
Watch (and listen) for these telltale signs that your water heater may be due or overdue for a replacement:
- Strange noises in the tank: Cracks, pops, or rumbles can all indicate problems with the heating element or buildup of deposits in the tank
- A lack of, or reduction in, the amount of hot water available
- Rusty or muddy water coming from your faucets, when the hot water tap is open, can indicate corrosion in your water heater
- Rust or water around the base of the tank may be your tank’s version of a neon warning sign, flashing “Replace Me Now”!
- Age of your hot water tank: If your tank is more than ten years old, it’s time to at least start thinking about replacement, especially if you notice any of the other signs above.
Avoid a Flood
Consider yourself lucky if you see early warning signs that you will need a water heater soon and you have time to research your options. For most of the water-heater replacement calls we receive, the tank has started leaking and a flood is in progress!
Charlottesville & Central Virginia Residents
Fitch Services can walk you through the steps to upgrade or replace your water heater. Don’t wait for an emergency; if you see or hear any of the red flags above, call Fitch Services to schedule installation of a replacement water heater for homes in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding counties.