If you’ve been considering getting started on your Menlo Park water heater replacement project, but aren’t quite sure if it’s the right time, let our guide help you. In this post we point out a few key signs that could point to it being time to embark on your Menlo Park water heater replacement project.

Your Water Heater Has Already Exceeded its Lifespan

Just like any other appliance, your water heater has an expected lifespan. A traditional storage tank-style water heater has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years. On the other hand, a gas-fired tankless water heater can last up to 20 years. There are several factors that can affect these numbers, for example, maintenance. If you have not performed regular maintenance on your water heater, it will likely shorten your water heaters lifespan. Water hardness can also cause your unit’s lifespan to shorten.

If you’re noticing problems with your water heater and it’s at the tail-end of its life expectancy, it’s likely time to replace your water heater. If your unit is still pretty new and this is the first time you’re having issues with it, a simple repair might do the trick.

Rosy, Rust-Colored Water is Coming Out of the Hot Water Taps

Any water that is coming out of your tap not clear is alarming. If you’re finding that only the hot water is coming out a strange rosy, rust-color, it could be a sign that the inside of your hot water storage tank is rusted. This problem demands immediate attention, as any type of water contamination can be a health hazard. Call a professional plumber immediately if this is happening.

Your Water Heater is Loud

There is no instance in which your water heater should be making loud noises regularly. If you hear loud knocking or popping sounds coming from your water heater, it’s time to get it checked out. It could also be a sign that it’s time for a replacement.

One of the most common causes for noisy water heaters is sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. If the tank hasn’t been regularly flushed and maintained, buildup blocks the hot water from flowing, causing hot water bubbles to make popping or knocking noises when pushing through the sediment. Other causes of noise include loose pipe straps, fluctuations in water pressure, etc.

Repairs Have Become a Regular Thing

Sometimes it’s best to know when to call it quits. If your water heater is in constant need of repair, regardless of age, it might be time for a replacement. Like with any other appliance, it is normal to need more repairs as the unit ages, but if the repairs and maintenance are getting out of hand, it might be worth it to invest in a new water heater.

Going Ahead With a Water Heater Replacement Project

If you’ve decided to go ahead with a Menlo Park water heater replacement project, Performance Plumbing is here to help. Maybe you’re thinking of upgrading to a tankless system or simply want to replace your current storage water heater with another. Whatever you decide, Performance Plumbing can answer any lingering questions you may have. Contact our licensed professionals today to get a free estimate and schedule an appointment.