Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

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Imagine stepping into your shower, ready for a warm start to your day, but instead, you are greeted by icy cold water. Not fun, right? This is just one of the signs that your water heater needs replacing. 

Your home’s water heater is probably the most widely used, yet overlooked, appliance. We all love that we have hot water in our homes, but we probably do not think much about the water heater itself until there is a problem.

Water Heater Replacement in Lubbock, TX

Home and business owners in the Lubbock, TX area know with water heaters that are malfunctioning, when something is wrong, better call Armstrong!

In this blog, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric will explore the signs that indicate it may be time for a water heater replacement. We’ll also touch on the basics of water heater installation.

How to Tell When Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

-Age of Your System

Like everything else, water heaters get old. Most last around 8-12 years. If yours is older than that, it might be time to start thinking about getting a new one. Remember, the older the heater, the more likely it is to have problems and less efficient it is.

-Rusty Water

If you begin seeing rusty water coming from your hot water tap, it’s a sign that your water heater might be rusting away on the inside. Rusty water can mean it’s only a matter of time before your water heater starts leaking.

-Strange Noises or Rumbling

The older storage tank water heaters get, the more likely sediment will begin to build up at the bottom of the tank. When this sediment is heated and reheated, it hardens. This can lead to banging or rumbling sounds when the water heater is on. This noise is a sign that your water heater might be on its last legs. 

Tankless water heaters can make unusual sounds when they malfunction, too. If you hear loud humming or any other weird noises, contact Armstrong to have it checked out.

-Water Around The Heater

If you see water around your water heater, it’s a clear sign of a leak. While not all leaks mean you need a total replacement, it’s important to get it checked immediately. Sometimes, a leak can be repaired, but other times, it’s a sign of a bigger issue. You may need a water heater installation.

-Not Enough Hot Water

If it feels like your hot water runs out faster than it used to, this could mean your water heater is not working as efficiently as it should. As heaters age, they can lose their ability to heat water quickly and keep it hot for long periods.

-Inconsistent Water Temperature

Have you noticed that your water temperature is all over the place? One minute it’s too hot, and the next, it’s lukewarm. This inconsistency can be frustrating and is a sign that your water heater may need replacing.

-High Energy Bills

An old or malfunctioning water heater can be less efficient, meaning it takes more energy to heat your water. This inefficiency can show up as higher energy bills. If you notice a sudden spike in your bills, your water heater could be the culprit. Schedule a diagnostic plumbing service call with Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric ASAP.

Professional Water Heater Repair

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, you should call Armstrong. It might be time for a water heater replacement. At the very least, you need to schedule a water heater repair

The bottom line is, always get a professional opinion. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric employs trained master plumbers. They can evaluate your specific challenges and tell you for sure if you need a new water heater and what type would be best for your home.

When it comes to water heater replacements, you have options. There are many types of water heaters. You can choose from:

  • Traditional storage tank heaters
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Solar-powered options
  • Heat pump water heaters

Each type of water heater has its advantages and costs. Armstrong can help you decide which type is best for your home and budget. 

When it comes to water heater installations, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric is the only call you need to make. Unless you are very skilled, replacing a hot water heater is not a DIY job for most people. It involves dealing with gas or electricity and plumbing. Hiring the professionals at Armstrong ensures that your new water heater is installed safely and correctly.

Address Your Water Heater Problems with Armstrong

A reliable water heater is essential for comfort in your Lubbock home. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, don’t ignore them. Addressing water heater issues promptly can save you from the discomfort of cold showers and potentially high repair or emergency replacement costs. 

If you think you need a water heater replacement or repair or are experiencing other plumbing problems, contact Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric