In general, most people expect to have hot water where and when they need it. Your water heater is responsible for providing you with hot water for bathing, cleaning and cooking purposes. When you consider how much hot water you use on a daily basis, it makes sense that eventually your unit will wear down and require a replacement.
But how will you know when that time has come? You should have your unit checked if…
- …your hot water runs out quickly. If you have been in the shower for only a few minutes and the water is already turning cooler, and this problem becomes common for you and other members of your household, look into your water heater’s history. If it has exceeded its estimated lifespan, it likely cannot run efficiently to supply energy to the water and will need to be replaced. If it has not exceeded this lifespan, it may be salvaged with a repair. Either way, call for a technician to come take a look.
- …the water temperature is declining. Old water heaters have difficulty reaching regular temperatures. Repairs to the unit will restore the temperature, but only for a limited amount of time. Once this time is up, your water heater is probably past its prime and will require replacement.
- …your home’s water is discolored. Water heaters are generally able to resist corrosion for the better part of their service life. Eventually, however, it will cause rust to enter the tank, quickly destroying it. You will know this is occurring when rust-colored water is coming out of your water taps. Replace your unit as soon as possible!
If you are unsure whether you need to replace your unit or want to know more about options for water heaters, contact Heatmasters at 773-777-5700!
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