Whether it’s been on your mind for a while or your water heater is suddenly on the fritz, deciding if it’s time to start on your Atherton water heater replacement project can be tough. Don’t fret! That’s why we’ve put together this quick list of 5 signs it’s time for your Atherton water replacement project.

1. Age is not Just a Number

The average storage water heater most commonly found in homes has a lifespan of 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is at least 8 years old and has been having problems, it could be a sign it’s due for a replacement. If your water heater is 12 years old and seemingly still works fine, it may still be a good idea to replace it. Water heaters become less efficient to operate and less energy efficient over time. Even though your older water heater is still technically working, it might be costing you more than necessary.

2. Less and Less Hot Water

Having less and less hot water could be a sign your water heater needs replacing. As a water heater ages it becomes less efficient, has a tougher time maintaining temperature, and has a lower capacity of hot water.

One of the culprits could be sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. Water heaters require regular maintenance, which includes flushing out the tank to avoid sediment buildup. This reduces the overall volume of the water heater, as well as causes it to be less efficient—both of which could result in less hot water. Note that over time, even with regular maintenance, sediment buildup can occur, and if your unit is older, a lack of hot water may just be a sign that a replacement is on the horizon.

3. Rusty, Rosy-Colored Water 

Any water coming out of your faucets that isn’t crystal clear is a sign that something somewhere is wrong and requires attention. If you notice that the water is a rusty or rosy color when the hot water is on, but not when the cold water is on, then you’re likely looking at your water heater as the guilty party. Rust-colored hot water is a sign that the inside of your water heater tank has rusted and is leeching rust into your water hot water supply. This is a sign that your tank needs immediate replacing.

4. It’s not the Door Knocking, it’s Your Water Heater

If your water heater is making loud knocking or popping noises, there’s cause for concern. There are several reasons your water heater is making sounds. It could be fluctuations in the water pressure causing noise or loose pipe straps. The most common cause, however, is sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. When hot water bubbles up through the buildup it causes popping or knocking sounds. To prevent this, regular maintenance is recommended. If maintenance doesn’t fix the problem, then it could be a sign it’s time for a replacement.

5. Lots of Repairs

Regular maintenance of your water heater unit should help keep the number of repairs required annually to a minimum. If your water heater has been repaired many times and the repairs are becoming more and more frequent, it’s a good sign that a new unit is in order.

Inquire About a Water Heater Replacement Project

Replacing a water heater is a big job, and one that should be done by professionals. If you’re ready to start on a water heater replacement project in Atherton, call Performance Plumbing! We’re here to answer any remaining questions you may have about replacing your water heater. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed professionals!