Like all of your home’s appliances, your hot water heater makes your life easier — most of the time. However, occasionally issues arise that are anything but convenient. And sometimes, these signify a larger problem within your water heater system. Rather than dealing with expensive repairs and increasingly frustrating water heater woes, you can replace your unit for instant peace of mind. Here’s a quick guide to common signs that you’re due for hot water heater replacement:

Inconsistent Water Temperature

It goes without saying that if your hot showers usually end in a deluge of cold water, there might be something wrong with your water heater. A quick repair job will usually do the trick if the problem is minor. However, if your temperature troubles continue after adjustments have been made, the unit might be faulty or failing. Our experts will determine if it’s time to replace the water heater and recommend the best next steps for you. 

Leaking Tank

There could be several reasons why your water heater sprung a leak, from a failing pressure relief valve to condensation collecting on the heater itself. These small issues can usually be dealt with quickly, and you can get back to enjoying your warm water. Unfortunately, there are some situations where a leak is a big red flag.

If there’s a leak in the tank of your hot water heater, chances are high that the entire system needs to be replaced. This is because it’s almost impossible to make lasting and effective repairs inside the interior lining of the unit (which is where most leaks come from). If you suspect that you’ve got a hot water tank leak on your hands, call us for service immediately. The more water leaks from this large tank, the more you risk flooding and water damage to your home — as well as complete system failure for your hot water heater.

Large Cracks or Holes

Have you noticed dents, cracks, or holes in your hot water heater? Even if things seem fine now, ignoring the damage to your unit can result in tank leaks sooner rather than later. Do you want to stop worrying about eventual leakage, breakage, and more? Consider upgrading your system!

Weird Noises

Have you noticed clanging, banging, rattling, or rumbling noises coming from your system? If it sounds like a monster has taken up residence in your basement or laundry room, you don’t need to grab the torches and pitchforks. Instead, call our technicians for hot water heater or boiler repairs as soon as possible.

Water Quality Issues

Is your once-fresh tap water coming out disgusting and discolored? Foul-smelling, metallic-tasting, or rusty water can be caused by oxidation and debris inside your hot water tank. In cases where rust has become a serious issue throughout the tank, experts will likely recommend you replace the entire unit. If you’ve spotted taste, odor, or discoloration issues with your running water, have your hot water heater serviced sooner rather than later. You don’t want to risk your family’s health due to poor water quality.

An Aging Unit

One of the best ways to stay on top of caring for your home is to know how old your appliances are, including your water heater. The age of the tank and the unit itself matter when you’re thinking about replacement. This is because the average service lifespan for a hot water heater is around 8-10 years. If your system is older than this, you’re probably overdue for a replacement. Curious about how you can find the age of your hot water heater? You can have technicians check your unit or search for the serial number plus the model name to find more information yourself. 

Repeated Repair Jobs

If you’re spending big bucks on repairs, we’ve got some news for you: that mounting pile of bills is another warning sign that it’s time for hot water heater replacement. It’s not unusual to need your system serviced occasionally. Still, if you feel like there’s always someone coming to fix the latest issue with your water heater’s tank, valves, or pipes, a full replacement may be more cost-effective in the long run. System replacement will also provide you with peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about getting stuck without a reliable hot water supply!

Indiana’s Water Heater Heroes!

If you’ve been dealing with water heater worries, don’t sweat it anymore. Call Boiler Heating & Cooling for fast, efficient, and affordable service! We’ll repair or replace your home’s system as needed so you can get back to what matters most: your everyday life. We’ll speak with you soon!