You and your family rely on a functioning water heater for, well, just about everything: laundry, showers, and dishes. However, how do you know it’s time for a new water heater? If your water heater is getting up there in age, keep an eye out for these four signs that it’s time for a replacement water heater.
#1. Your anode rod is spent
Standard water heaters contain a key element called the “anode rod.” This is a metal rod designed to attract all the rust and corrosion in the water heater tank. It “sacrifices” itself to prevent rust and corrosion from attacking the tank walls.
However, at a certain age, your anode rod is most likely spent. This means that it’s completely corroded, and unable to take more of the rust burden away from the tank itself. It’s that point at which it might be a good idea to replace your water heater.
(You should also note that the hard water here in Albuquerque can mean that your water heater will probably go through the sacrificial anode rod all that much faster!)
#2. Your water heater tank is showing its age
After years and years of being subjected to extreme temperatures, water, and corrosion, you may notice that your water heater tank is beginning to show its age. Inspect the outside of the unit: if there are even tiny, hairline fractures, it’s time to replace the unit.
After all, these tiny cracks can eventually lead to a tank burst and a flooded home. That’s certainly a scenario you’ll want to avoid.
#3. Your water heater isn’t heating water like it used to
After time, the heating element in your water heater—the device that quite literally makes the system work—can experience problems. This can be related to the buildup of sediment or corrosion at the bottom of your water heater tank. Either way, the results are the same:
- Reduced available hot water supply
- Reduced overall heat in the water
If you’ve been experiencing either of these symptoms of an old water heater, it’s time to call Wagner and talk to our team about a replacement water heater.
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