Having your hot water go out unexpectedly is incredibly frustrating. That is why it is important to replace your water heater before the old one completely breaks down. But how do you know if your existing water heater needs to be replaced? Here is how to know it is time for a new water heater.

How old is it?

Water heaters are not built to last forever, but they can last quite a long time. A high-quality water heater should last you at least ten years. Regular maintenance is essential to allow it to last as long as possible. Also, using a water softener can help extend the life of your water heater. You can check the age of your water heater by locating the serial number printed on the label on the upper part of the unit. The first two digits of the serial number are usually the year it was made. For example, if the first two numbers in the code are 05, your water heater was made in 2005. If your unit is older and has not been maintained properly, then it may be time for a replacement.

Is your unit leaking?

If there is water dripping anywhere near your water heater, you have a problem. Although it could just be a connection that needs replacement, leaking could point to a bigger issue. Corrosion or cracked components can also lead to leaking, and if that is the case, you will need a new unit.

Is your water cloudy?

If the water from your faucets is coming out cloudy or rusty, this is a warning sign of a malfunctioning water heater. Rust deposits or metal odors point to either rusty pipes or rust deposits inside the heater itself. Rust means corrosion, and corrosion means it is time for a new unit. Do not ignore a rusting water heater. The water is not safe to use if it is full of rust.

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