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5 Signs It’s Time For a New Water Heater


Your water heater is your home’s workhorse, one that you depend on to do its job smoothly and efficiently. Think about how many times you use water hot water throughout the day. When the slightest things start to go wrong with your water, you immediately notice and it greatly impacts not only your comfort, but your health as well.

Imagine having lukewarm water when washing your hands, cold water when taking a shower, or even worse–no water at all. If you’re beginning to suspect that something is off with your water heater, you may be hoping that all that is needed is a simple repair instead of a replacement. But if you pick up on one or more of these signs, it means you probably need water heater installation in Columbia SC.

Lack of Hot Water

This is usually the first sign that a water heater is going into its final decline. If your water heater was sized and installed by professional plumbers, it shouldn’t be struggling to deliver enough hot water to meet your family’s needs. Lukewarm showers or ones that go cold halfway through are definite red flags of a dying water heater.

Your Water Heater Is Old

Your water heater’s estimated lifespan depends on what type it is. Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years while tank water heaters last 10-15. Keep in mind that these estimates are for systems that have been maintained and repaired regularly. If you’re not sure how old your water heater is, you can find this information by checking the tank. If your water heater is within or past these timeframes, it’s time to consider a pre-emptive replacement.

Water Leaks

The only place where you should see water escaping from a water heater is a few drips from the pressure relief valve. If the tank itself is leaking, if you’re seeing leaks elsewhere, or if water is pooling around its base, it’s likely you’ll need to invest in an entirely new water heater system.

Signs of Rust or Corrosion

Your water heater is built to resist rust and corrosion but it can’t always be expected to combat these for its lifespan. Your water heater may start to struggle with rust and corrosion which will create discolored water and can even lead to those leaks in your system tank.

Increase in Repairs

If your water heater has needed repairs more than once a year, this is a definite sign that your water heater should be replaced. The money spent on repairs would be better spent on a new water heater, especially if the repairs have been extensive and expensive. With a new system, you won’t have to worry if another untimely repair is in the near future.

Our Team is Here to Help

You deserve to have a source of readily available hot water in your home for the sake of sanitation and comfort. If you’re ready for a new water heater, our team is here to help.

Schedule your water heater replacement with Fulmer Heating & Cooling today.

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