If you have ever had one of those mornings where you woke up late and had to hurry around to get dressed, make the coffee, and get the kids ready for school just to discover you have no hot water, you understand the importance of your water heater. You may not realize the water heater is not working until you step into the shower only to be met with freezing cold water. While that may wake you up fast, it’s not the most fun way to start your day.
Water heaters near Covington can quit working at any time. Any time is usually the worst time for it to stop heating your water. It might be time to upgrade or replace your water heating unit. Here are some of the signs it’s time to upgrade.
An older model water heater is not likely to continue to provide you with hot water for long. Older units are more prone to failing and will require more maintenance and repairs. This will create a financial burden on your household. The average life span of a water heater is between eight and fifteen years at best. If your unit is older than eight years old and requires a lot of repairs, you need to consider an upgrade.
If your water heater is making a lot of noise (more than usual) it might be a sign that the appliance is failing. It could also be due to excessive sediment settling around the heating element that needs to be cleaned. A qualified plumber can tell you which problem you are having.
If you find excessive moisture around your water heater, it probably has a slow leak. Leaking creates problems with your appliance, but it also increases your water bills. Some leaks can be repaired, but depending on the age and condition of your water heater, an upgrade might be more cost-effective.
Dirty water and constant repairs are also signs that your water heater needs to be upgraded to a newer model. You can count on Liberty Plumbing to help determine whether your unit needs to be replaced or if a repair will keep it going for a long time. Whatever you decide to do, don’t let yourself get caught in a cold shower on a hectic day again.