Who wants to shower or wash dishes in cold water? Having your water heater go out can be an annoyance for your household. When you first see signs that you need service, call A & W Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We provide maintenance, repair and installation services to the Southern Illinois area.
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Common Water Heater Issues
From time-to-time, your water heater might need repairs. Fortunately, experienced contractors can inspect the issue and recommend a course of action. Some common issues you might encounter with your unit include:
- Lack of hot water: One of the most noticeable issues with your system is a lack of hot water. For gas-powered units, this can be due to an extinguished pilot light that needs to be relit. It could also indicate a damaged heating element.
- Leaking: An expert should inspect the leak to determine if it can be repaired or if the unit should be replaced.
- Excess noise: Loud or unusual noises can signal a damaged heating element or a buildup of sediment inside the unit that needs to be professionally removed.
- Cracks: Cracks should be inspected by a professional to see if they can be repaired or if the unit needs to be replaced.
Lifespan of a Water Heater
Unfortunately, water heaters do not last forever. However, they will last a significant amount of time. While every make and model is different, most electric units will last from 10 to 20 years. Of course, the amount of care and maintenance the system receives can impact that timeline. Gas-powered units might not last quite as long as electric systems.
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When to Replace Your Water Heater
It’s important to identify the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced before the unit malfunctions completely. This can leave your household without hot water until a new unit is installed. To avoid this, watch for these signs that can indicate you need to replace your system:
- Age: Your unit is getting older. They typically last between 10 to 20 years, depending on the make, model and upkeep.
- Losing efficiency: Your system is losing efficiency and needs to work harder to function.
- Rust and corrosion: You notice rust or corrosion on the unit, or rust in the water.
- Leaking: There are leaks coming from the unit.
- Water is not warm enough: The system is no longer able to properly heat the water.
- Cracks: There are cracks in the tank or in the system.