Water heaters get put to the test during our Ramsey, NJ winters: fighting cold temperatures in parts of the home that don’t usually get a lot of heat and undergo significant strain in the process. If the warranty on your old water heater has expired, and you don’t think it will work effectively for another winter, now is the perfect time to schedule a replacement. (It gives you time to make the change at a date of your choosing, instead of during the winter when the operation becomes much more difficult.) But how can you spot the signs that you need to replace?
It Starts with Age
The first thing to do when determining whether you should replace your water heater is to look at the warranty. If it hasn’t expired, or even if it has but the system still works, you probably don’t need to worry. But the more time goes on, the less efficient the system will be. This can reflect itself in higher bills, water that doesn’t get as hot as it used to, or water that won’t stay hot for very long. A water heater with an expired warranty that exhibits these traits could probably stand for a maintenance session at the very least.
Look for Warning Signs
Warning signs in water heaters are often subtle but can be spotted if you look closely. Signs of rust on the components usually indicate they need to be replaced at the very least. The presence of puddles around the water heater base is a sign of a leak somewhere in the system. In extreme cases, you may get rust-colored water coming out of your taps, or water that won’t get warm at all.
Call the pros at Design Air, Inc. for repair services on your existing water heater or an estimate for your new water heater!