This question is one of the most common among homeowners, and not just for water heaters. Heaters, air conditioners, and virtually every other kind of home appliance eventually prompt this question. The logic behind it is pretty simple. Obviously you don’t want to replace your water heater every time it has a minor issue; that would be insanely wasteful. However, keeping a system alive long past its prime can end up costing you more money in the long run. It’s a question of timing and that timing is not always clear to those who are inexperienced with the inner workings of water heaters. Let’s examine some of the signs that indicate a need to replace your water heater, instead of just repairing it.
Rust in Your Water
Rust is never a good thing to find in your water, as it indicates some advanced corrosion somewhere in your water system. Most water heaters are equipped with parts called “sacrificial anode rods.” These long metal rods are actually designed to attract rust instead of letting it corrode the inside lining of your water heater tank. However, the anode rod will eventually corrode to the point where it can no longer prevent the inside of the tank from rusting. It is a fairly simple thing to replace the anode rod with a new one, and if the rust in your water stops after that then there is nothing to worry about. Persistent rust, even with a functioning anode rod, is a more serious problem. That means that the water heater tank is already corroded to the point where the anode rod cannot stop it. If the tank isn’t replaced, it can eventually rupture and cause severe water damage to the surrounding area.
No or Insufficient Heat
If your water heater is not supplying you with enough heat, it’s often due to a bad heating element. These can be replaced by a professional with little trouble. However, if your water heater continues to work poorly after replacing the heating element it’s a good sign that it’s time to replace the whole system. A water heater that can’t heat water is rather useless, after all.
If you aren’t sure whether you need to replace your water heater or not, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide water heater replacement throughout Atlanta.