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Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

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Replacing an expensive appliance is not something any of us look forward to, but it is something that must be done eventually. The question is, how do you know when? This will vary based on the appliance, but when it comes to water heaters, there are general guidelines as to when you should replace them. If you determine it’s time to replace your unit or would like to start scheduling annual maintenance to be ahead of the potential problems, you know to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio.

How Old Is Too Old When it Comes to Water Heaters?

Generally, a water heater will last between 8 to 10 years, with 12 years typically being the absolute maximum. Once your water heater meets that timeline, if you encounter any issues, the best solution is likely to replace the unit rather than attempt to repair it.

What Other Signs Should I Be Looking For?

Rust is a huge indication that time is up with your water heater. You should not see any sort of rust in your water; it is an indication of corrosion. After time, significant corrosion will lead to leaks in the appliance. Leaks of any kind are serious issues – with a major leak comes the possibility for major damage. If your water heater is no longer supplying hot water everywhere in your house or is taking an extra-long amount of time to heat, this is also an indication of either a need for maintenance or replacement.

A strong build-up of sediment at the bottom of a water heater can also produce leaks, so it is best to catch that early. Sediment build-up is relatively easy to detect, as a common sign is an audible noise coming from the heater itself. Noises of any kind are a reason to call for service, so keep that in mind.

Call Us Today With Any Water Heater Concerns

These are some of the major indications that it is time for water heater maintenance or replacement. It is possible that any of these things will occur after excessive time without any sort of action taken. Everything has a lifespan, so eventual replacement is inevitable. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, we are there for any of your water heater installation and replacement needs. If you think your water heater is exhibiting any of these signs, call us today at 210-876-1629 or request service online. We offer a free diagnostic with paid repair and service surrounding San Antonio cities.

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