Experiencing problems with your water heater, Montgomery County homeowner? Kinkaid can help! In this post, we look at signs it’s time to repair or replace your water heater.
Your water heater heats cold water and pumps it throughout your house for cooking, cleaning and showers (among other necessities). Problems with your water heater can lead to major inconveniences, so keep an eye out for these signs:
Water Heater Age
A system’s age might be the most important factor in deciding whether to repair or replace. The average life expectancy for water heaters is roughly 15-20 years. Therefore, if your system is approaching this age range, replacement is likely a better investment than constant repairs.
No Hot Water
Your water heater likely needs attention if your water gets lukewarm at best, or if you only get hot water for short periods of time. Sediment build-up might be the culprit here, in which case a professional can flush your tank. In other cases, this issue could indicate a more serious problem.
Your Water is Discolored
If you notice your water seems to have a reddish tint to it, this could indicate the presence of rust inside the water tank. Water may also have a cloudy appearance, or a metallic smell. Have this issue inspected by a professional immediately to ensure your water is safe to use.
Water Heater Corrosion
Once there is visible corrosion on your water heater, it’s likely time to replace the system, as this is difficult to repair and typically only occurs when a system is very old. If you see corrosion on the outside of your water tank, call a professional right away to prevent further damage, leaking or complete system failure.
Hot water accounts for a significant portion of your heating energy. If your system’s efficiency is impeded due to old age, faulty parts or sediment build-up, it can lead to an increase in your energy bills.
If you find yourself frequently spending money on repairs (more than twice a year, for example), you may want to consider replacement as a more cost-effective investment––especially if your system is nearing the 15-20-year mark.
Count on Kinkaid!
Regular inspections and professional maintenance can ensure your system runs efficiently year-round, reducing energy costs and preventing unforeseen problems.
Kinkaid proudly serves Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia and Chester Counties. We offer residential and commercial installation, maintenance and repairs on all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Contact us today to get started!