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Signs your water heater needs to be replaced

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Most water heaters are designed to last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. Over time, internal parts will corrode or become encased in built-up materials, which will greatly decrease its overall efficiency. Water heaters are an essential part of any home, so if your water heater has been in your home for over a decade, it is important to look out for signs that it is not operating as well as it should be. Your water heater should be replaced before it breaks down completely or causes any damage to the home.

Here are a few signals that your water heater needs to be replaced:

  • There are no signs of power failure: If there is no hot water being produced in your home, this can be a sign that the water heater has broken down. Before having it replaced, however, be sure to check that the circuit breaker has not tripped or that the pilot light is not out. A cutoff to the power source of the heater could also be a cause.
  • The water doesn't taste right: In addition to the color of the water, its taste can also be a way of determining the health of your water heater. Even if the water is clear, it can still be affected - if there is a metallic taste in your mouth while you drink it, the water heater is not properly filtering its contents.
  • The water is discolored: One of the easiest ways to see if your water heater is breaking down is to examine the water that comes out of the home's faucets. If it comes out rusty or muddy colored, this is a sure sign that there is something wrong with the appliance and it will need to be repaired or replaced in the immediate future.

Schedule an appointment with John C. Flood for our Arlington water heater repair and replacement services.