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Time to Replace Your Water Heater?


Triple O Mechanical is the proud recipient of the 2022 and 2023 Rochester Community’s Choice Awards. As a full-service provider of HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical, our licensed plumbers are leaders in water heater services in Rochester, NY. We offer electric tank water heaters, gas tank water heaters as well as tankless water heaters. We know our way around hot water tanks, and we even have a 24/7 emergency hotline to call if your water heater fails unexpectedly.

Knowing when it is time to replace your water heater depends on several factors, including its age, performance, and signs of wear and tear.

Signs It Is Replacement Time

Here are some common indicators that it might be time to replace your water heater:

Age: Water heaters typically last between 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is approaching or past its expected lifespan, it’s wise to start considering replacement even if it’s still functioning.

Leaks: Any sign of water leakage from your water heater is a cause for concern. Even minor leaks can indicate internal corrosion or damage, which may worsen over time.

Rusty water: If you notice rusty or discolored water coming from your hot water taps, it could mean that the interior of your water heater tank is rusting. This is a sign that your water heater is deteriorating and may soon fail.

Strange noises: Popping, rumbling, or banging noises coming from your water heater can indicate sediment buildup inside the tank. This buildup reduces the efficiency and lifespan of the heater, and in some cases, can cause the tank to rupture.

Inconsistent water temperature: If your water heater is no longer providing consistent hot water, or if the water temperature fluctuates unexpectedly, it may be a sign of a failing heating element or other internal issue.

Higher energy bills: As water heaters age, they become less energy efficient. If you notice a significant increase in your energy bills without any other explanation, your water heater may be to blame.

Frequent repairs: If you find yourself repeatedly calling for repairs on your water heater, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace it rather than continuing to repair it piecemeal.

Visible damage: Cracks, dents, or other visible damage to the tank itself are clear signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Corrosion or rust: Visible corrosion or rust on the exterior of the tank or around fittings and connections is also a sign that your water heater is deteriorating and may soon fail.

If you notice any of the signs listed above, it is advisable to consult with a qualified plumber or HVAC technician to assess the condition of your water heater and determine whether replacement is necessary. Waiting until your water heater completely fails can lead to water damage and inconvenience, so it’s best to address potential issues proactively.

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