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plumbing technician repairs water heaterMost of us take hot water flowing freely in our homes for granted. We rely on it for many daily tasks, from personal hygiene to cooking. That’s why it’s so important that your home’s water heater is working properly. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t notice that their water heater isn’t working as well as it should be until it breaks down completely.

There are some definite signs your water heater will give you if it needs to be replaced. In this article, we’ll share some of the things you should be looking out for and tell you how Trademasters can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Signs You May Need a New Water Heater

If you think your water heater isn’t working properly, some of these signs will likely be present. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider:

  • It’s over 10 years old. The average lifespan of a tank water heater is between 8 to 12 years, and a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years. Check your water heater’s warranty for the most accurate timelines.
  • The hot water is brown. This could indicate rust or corrosion in the tank or the anode rod, which protects the tank from rusting. If the cold water is also rusty, the problem may be in the pipes, not the heater.
  • The water heater is leaking. This is a serious issue that can lead to water damage and mold growth. Leaks are usually caused by pressure buildup inside the tank, which can happen when the water pressure or temperature is too high, or when the relief valve is not working properly.
  • The water heater is making knocking/popping noises. This is a sign of sediment buildup in the tank, which can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of the heater. Sediment can also damage the heating elements and cause them to fail.
  • Your hot water heater needs frequent repairs. If your water heater requires constant repairs or maintenance, it may be more cost-effective to replace it with a new one. The need for frequent repairs can also indicate that the unit is nearing the end of its life.
  • You’re not getting enough (or any) hot water, but your heating bill has gone up. This could mean that one or both heating elements are broken, or that the thermostat is malfunctioning. It could also mean that the tank is too small for your household’s hot water needs.

If you notice any of these signs, you should contact a trusted professional like Trademasters to inspect your water heater and advise you on whether to repair or replace it.

How can Trademasters help me get the water heater replacement I need?

At Trademasters, our longstanding goal is to provide complete customer satisfaction. Our experienced co-workers are among the very best licensed plumbing pros in the area, who serve every client with the same care. Among our comprehensive plumbing services, we’re pleased to offer water heater replacement.

We offer both traditional tank water heaters, as well as tankless water heaters. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your water heater replacement needs and choose the best model for your home. Simply give us a call at (703) 644-6400 and we will be glad to assist you.