A fully functional water heating system is crucial to any modern home, especially those in cold areas. While regular maintenance can help you extend the life of your water heater, it will eventually reach the end of its service life. This is when you have to retire your heating system. The question is how do you know if it’s time for a new one?
Glover Plumbing offers a few ideas:
It’s Not Hot Anymore
When it’s not heating your water consistently anymore, it might be time to shop around. Even if it’s able to heat water, it cannot do so long enough for a steady flow of hot water. Before you finally write it off, make sure to check your system’s thermostat and heating element. If these can be fixed, you may still squeeze a good year or two out of your heating system.
There are Signs of Water Leak
Signs of water leak indicate a failure in the overall structural integrity of your water tank. If there is a leak, find out where the leak comes from and whether it can be fixed or not. The essence of having an intact tank structure is to maintain the overall operational efficiency of the water heating system. If this cannot be repaired even if by a plumber, then you need to buy a new tank.
Strange Noises Coming from your Water Tank
Rumbling or clanging noises are all indications of sedimentary buildup inside your water heating system’s tank. These are often composed of minerals that can significantly increase the boiling point of the water inside your tank, requiring more energy from your heater. This result is significantly reduced efficiency which can translate into higher energy costs and lower heating effectiveness.
It’s All about Growing Old
Your water heating system will eventually deteriorate. Water heating systems can work pretty well for 5-7 years average. Beyond that, its operational performance will decline. By the 10th year, it might be time to finally retire it.
There is nothing you can do about the effects of wear and tear on your hot water system. However, you can do some preventive maintenance checks to help slow down these effects.