05 June 2017

When Is It Time to Replace Your Hot Water System and How Do You Know?

Often times when your home is in need of replacing an important system such as an air conditioning unit, heating unit, or hot water system, it can occur at the most inopportune times. To eliminate this nightmare from happening to you, it is helpful to check your equipment from time to time to ensure that all is functioning properly. If something is faulty, it is easier and more cost efficient to fix it than waiting for a major break which would cause you to have to replace your system. This article will discuss the timing of replacing your hot water system and how you will know that it is necessary to do so.

Tip #1--

If your system is over 10 years old, it may be a good idea to begin to look into purchasing a new one. If your hot water heater is located in an area that will not cause much trouble if it were to become faulty, you can decide if you are willing to take a risk and wait to replace it until it is imperative to do so. 

Tip #2--

If you are experiencing discolored or rusty water, it is most likely time to replace your system or at the very least, call a professional to come have a look. What this means is that your water heater piping may be rusting on the inside which is causing your water to have an iron smell, taste, or red appearance. A solid way to test out this theory, is to drain some water into a bucket. If you noticed the water is consistently red after several buckets, it is likely time to replace the entire system. 

Tip #3--

If you notice strange noises coming from your system this could mean that there is build-up that has hardened inside the unit which is causing noise. The build-up will decrease efficiency which is probably causing your electricity bills to be higher than normal. If you ignore the noise, over time the build-up may cause dents in your tank which could result in a leak.

Tip #4--

Water around the heater. If you notice water is leaking or there is moisture around your unit, chances are that there is a link or a malfunction in your water heater. It could be that you just need to replace the tank. Be sure to check other fittings and piping before you only replace the tank. It could be that there are leaks in more than just the tank. Before completely replacing the tank, tighten the fittings and see if the leak stops. If it does, you do not need a replacement. If it doesn’t stop the leak, you need to explore replacement.

After you have explored these helpful tips, you could certainly call a professional to come to your home and give you their advice. Most of the time companies will come over and provide a free quote or estimate. It is a good idea to do this if your unit is old and has not been replaced. This will give you an idea of how much it will cost and a timeline on when you can expect to have to complete the project. 

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