When you and your loved ones have to do without hot water because you need a replacement, you will definitely not be in the best of moods. Every household appliance has its lifespan. Since you use your water heater daily, it will be one of the first appliances to need replacing. The average lifespan of a water heater is eight to twelve years.
Therefore, you should plan for a water heater replacement every ten years or thereabout. But with regular maintenance, you can prolong its lifespan by a few years. However, there will come a time when regardless of how well you maintain it, your water heater will finally give out.
Because you don’t want to be caught unawares and have to cope with cold showers and dirty dishes, you should replace your water heater before it breaks down completely. If you don’t, not only will you face inconveniences, but you may also face other issues such as a tank leak. A leak can result in significant water damage that will cost you money.
Acme Plumbing is the best plumbing company in town and we can help you select and install the perfect water heater for your home. But before then, here are some signs that it’s time to replace your water heater.
Rust And Corrosion Around Your Water Heater
You should be proactive and check your water heater for signs of rust and corrosion from time to time. If you notice any, it’s a sign that the tank is beginning to corrode and it’s only a matter of time before it develops a leak.
The two main areas to check thoroughly are:
- Near the temperature and pressure relief valves
- The inlet and outlet connections
Ask your technician if you’re not sure where to find these areas. You can do so at the next maintenance check. If you notice any corrosion, it’s time to start thinking about replacing your water heater.
You should also be on the lookout for rust-colored water when you turn on your hot water faucets. This is a sign that the inside of your tank is rusting and it’s only a matter of time before it starts leaking.
Cold or Lukewarm Water
One of the top signs that you need water heater replacement is when the water coming out of your taps is cold or lukewarm. If you’ve been cranking up the thermostat to no avail, then it’s time for a new water heater.
Pooling Around Your Water Heater
If you notice any water pooling around your water heater, it’s a sign of a serious problem. It could mean that there is a leak or crack inside the tank. This is a major issue because it can lead to extensive water damage or even injury. When the metal in your tank heats up, it expands and if there are any cracks or leaks, water will start to seep out.
If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait for your water heater to break down completely before replacing it. Doing so will only cause more inconveniences and possibly lead to more damage. Contact Acme Plumbing today and we’ll help you select the perfect one for your home as well as install it correctly.
How Much Will a Water Heater Replacement Cost?
Once you’ve seen the signs and you know it’s time for a replacement, the next question is how much will it cost? A 50-gallon tank will cost you on average anywhere from $800 to $2,800 for the unit as well as professional installation. The price will depend on a few factors:
- The brand and type of water heater you currently have as well as the type of water heater you’ve chosen as a replacement.
- Changes in building codes since your last water heater installation.
- Labor costs in your area.
While the initial cost of a water heater replacement may be high, it will save you money in the long run as newer models are much more energy-efficient.
Contact Acme Plumbing For Your Water Heater Replacement
The bottom line is that if you think your water heater needs to be replaced, don’t wait. Contact Acme Plumbing today and we’ll come and take a look. We’ll help you select the best unit for your needs and install it quickly and accurately so you can get back to enjoying hot water in your home again. Call us now at (919) 688-1348 to talk to one of our friendly staff.