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When Should I Replace My Hot Water Heater?

Homeowners rarely think about their home’s water heater until they have a problem with their water. One of the most common reasons for a problem with water is an outdated water heater. Although a well-maintained water heater can last for many years, there comes a time when it’s time to replace it. How do you know when it’s time to replace your water heater? When it displays any of these telltale signs:

Loss of Hot Water Volume 

Have you noticed that your faucets are delivering less hot water than usual? That can mean a problem with your water heater. Sometimes, the problem can be resolved by having an experienced plumber repair your water heater. Other times, it can mean that you need to replace the entire water heater. You won’t know for sure until you call a MD plumber to evaluate your water heater.


Rising Heating Bills

It’s normal for utility bills to fluctuate, but a sudden spike in your heating or energy bills is not normal. A sudden rise in your heating bill can be caused by a malfunctioning water heater. That’s because hot water accounts for most of the heating energy used in your home. If your water heater malfunctions and starts to work inefficiently, it can cause your energy bills to increase. If you’ve noticed a change in your heating or energy bill, have a plumber check out your water heater. 


Cloudy or Foul-Smelling Water

Another telltale sign of a malfunctioning water heater is cloudy or foul-smelling water. Oftentimes you can tell if your water heater needs to be replaced if your water has a rotten-egg smell or looks dirty. You can test to see the quality of your water by running a clear glass of cold water next to a clear glass of hot water. If the hot water glass is murky, it means that you have a problem with your water heater. 


It’s Old

The average traditional water heater can last anywhere from eight to 12 years, while a tankless water heater can last over 20 years. That means that if you have a traditional tank water heater that is over ten years old, it can mean that it’s time to replace it. If you wait any longer, you risk not having hot water in your home. If you have a tankless water heater that’s over 20 years old, consider having it replaced immediately. 


Problem With Your Water Heater?

When homeowners in Maryland have a problem with their water heater, they turn to Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. With over 20 years of experience as a master plumber in MD, we know how to identify the root cause of water heater problems and suggest the best solutions. Call us now at (866) 532-0130 today to schedule an appointment.

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