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These Three Things Mean It’s Time to Say Goodbye to That Old Water Heater

When homeowners walk through their freshly-constructed home for the first time, they will likely get 10 to 15 years out of their water heater. However, when someone enters an older home, there’s no telling when that water heater will call it quits.

When considering new water heater installation, homeowners should refer to this acronym: HAL. It stands for heat, age, and leaks. If any of these things impede a water heater’s performance, it’s time to consider getting a new one. A water heater service professional can assess a home and install an appliance that meets residents’ needs.

The Water Heater Is More Than 15 Years Old

The U.S. Department of Energy notes that most water heaters usually last about 15 years. However, with technological innovations, some heaters can last longer than that.

Consider the following:

  • Storage water heaters: those that rely on a tank, generally last about ten to 15 years. This applies to both gas water heaters and electric water heaters.
  • Tankless water heaters: those that do not rely on storage tanks, can last even longer. Most models generally last about 20 years. That’s because rust and corrosion aren’t as big of an issue.

Getting a water heater shouldn’t be seen as a luxury. Instead, it should be seen as an efficient way to save money and water.

The Water Heater Leaks All the Time

leaking water heaterThe U.S. Department of Energy notes that water heating generally accounts for 20 percent of homeowners’ energy bills. However, a water heater that leaks can nearly double that number.

There are countless reasons why a water heater may constantly leak. Some of those issues include:

  • Rust, which means pipes are less efficient at holding and transferring water
  • Too much pressure, which can cause pipes to burst
  • An old water tank, where rust can build up inside and compromise the system
  • The pressure relief valve, which controls how much pressure builds up inside the tank

DIY plumbing measures only go so far. A water heater installation professional can explain what actions could alleviate leaks and prevent problems from happening in the future.

The Water Heater Won’t Work

technician working on water heaterAt first glance, a water heater might sound fine, look fine, and even only be a few years old. However, if it doesn’t heat water, then it’s useless. Most water heaters (depending on where one lives) should generally reach temperatures of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Reasons why a water heater might not work:

  • It’s not getting enough power.
  • The thermostat isn’t working.
  • The heating component (whether it’s electric or gas) has issues.
  • Leaks are causing water to escape the unit.
  • There’s not enough water getting into the heater, limiting how much hot water is available.

While some of these issues only require a few moments of a professional's time, other situations require a water heater replacement.

About Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Inc.

Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Inc. know it's hard to say goodbye to a trusted home appliance. They have experienced professionals to help with any plumbing or water heater needs. Call them today for service in Orlando, FL.

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