A water heater failure is a frustrating event that can potentially be damaging and seriously disruptive. It’s best to replace your it before it fails, but it’s not always apparent when you’ve reached that point. Fortunately, following a few simple guidelines can help you avoid a whole lot of frustration and future expenses.

Mind the Age of Your Water Heater

Age may only be a number, but it’s a very important one when it comes to your water heater. That’s because most water heaters should only be expected to last for around 10 years. After a decade of service, the likelihood of increasingly frequent breakdowns makes replacement a wise choice. Newer models are typically far more energy-efficient as well, making the decision even easier.

Beware of Corrosion and Rust

Corrosion is a water heater’s greatest adversary. Over the years, constant exposure to water eventually causes the unit’s tank and other key components to rust. This can lead to tank failures, component malfunctions, and various other problems. Signs of corrosion around the tank, water inlet or pressure relief valve mean repairs likely aren’t sufficient. Similarly, rust in your hot water is a clear sign that you should schedule a replacement promptly.

Never Ignore Water Leaks

The first sign of water heater trouble that many Washington, Pennsylvania, homeowners notice is water leaking around the tank. In some cases, the water may come from a loose fitting or leaking relief valve. These issues can be addressed with simple repairs. Often, however, leaks are caused by corrosion or fractures in the inner body of the water tank. A damaged tank isn’t practical to repair, so it’s important to have your unit replaced before the problem becomes worse.

Of course, there’s ultimately no substitute for the judgment of a well-trained expert. If you suspect you may need a water heater replacement, consider Valley Heating & Air Conditioning’s professional water heater services or give us a call at 724-204-8294.

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